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Rare railway sign up for auction

PUBLISHED: 10:26 07 January 2010 | UPDATED: 07:16 02 July 2010

The sign which is going under the hammer.

The sign which is going under the hammer.

Anthony Carroll

A misspelt part of Great Yarmouth's railway hey day could fetch up to £1,000 at an auction for train enthusiasts.

A misspelt part of Great Yarmouth's railway hey day could fetch up to £1,000 at an auction for train enthusiasts.

The British Railways Eastern Region blue enamel sign points the way to the town's Vauxhall and South Town railway stations.

Its auction in Stafford may cause Yarmouth residents to scratch their heads in confusion as they have grown up knowing that the South Town area of the resort should be one word - Southtown.

The station opened in 1859 and closed in 1970. It is now the site of some large stores and a garage off Station Road.

Auctioneers Railwayana Auctioneers, of Gloucestershire, said that so far four people had expressed an interest in the direction sign, including someone in Norwich.

Normally an enamel sign would fetch about £500 but because the 28in by 13in sign is rare and in excellent condition it could go for about £1,000.

The sign is one of 300 lots of railway memorabilia up for auction at the St Leonards Social Club in St Leonard's Avenue, Stafford on Saturday.

For more information call 01242 620020 or visit www.railwayana.com

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