Stevenage Locomotive Society bring their railwayana to Letchworth Museum

By Richard Moss | 20 August 2010
a photo of a collection of signs

Exhibition: Stevenage Locomotive Society railway memorabilia exhibition at Letchworth Museum and Art Gallery until September 18 2010.

Totem signs, carriage lamps, wagon plates, silver plates: anyone familiar with the arcane world of railway collectables will know such items command top prices on the railway collectors market.

The popularity of “railwayana” as the hobby is commonly known, is something the members of the Stevenage Locomotive Society know a thing or two about. Now a new exhibition at Letchworth Museum showcases some of their wares.

Prized items of Railway memorabilia range from an eight-foot-long enamel Letchworth Station running-in sign through to paper items relating to “railway matters” – all of it culled from the personal collections of the Society’s members.

Local rail buffs with a passion for cast iron will be keen to examine the collection of locomotive numbers from engines based at Hitchin shed and explore the variety of railway tackle relating to Letchworth, Hitchin, Baldock and Stevenage.

Visitors will also be asked to help solve a railway mystery: did Letchworth Station ever have a British Rail ‘Totem’ sign? Anyone with photographic evidence proving the existence of the iconic item will be especially welcome.

The Society, who meet monthly to hear from speakers on a range of railway-related subjects, celebrated their Golden Jubilee in 2009 and, as well as organising an annual photographic competition, make periodic trips to places of railway interest.

See www.stevenagelocosociety.co.uk for more information.

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