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Piece of Welsh railway history sells for £4,100

The oak silver mounted wheel barrow and spade which sold for £4,100. Credit: Halls

It was full steam ahead for a piece of railway history from Mid Wales and the borders as it sold for £4,100 at auction in Shrewsbury

The commemorative oak silver mounted wheel barrow and spade, presented to Mrs Dugdale of Llwyn, Llanfyllin by contractor Thomas Savin to mark her cutting the first sod of Llanfyllin Railway on Friday, September 20, 1861.

Llanfyllin Railway opened from Llanymynech via Llansantffraid, Llanfechain and Bryngwyn in 1863 to allow access to limestone quarries and the main line from Oswestry to Newtown. The branch line to Llanfyllin closed in 1965 under British Railway's Beeching axe.

Railway heritage items with this level of provenance always attract great interest from collectors and we were delighted with the price it achieved at auction.

– Jeremy Lamond, Halls’ fine art director
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