Category Archives: Railway

Sale of Casserleys’ Railway Negative Collection – 21st September 2019

Father and son, Henry & Richard Casserley need no introduction to the Irish railway enthusiast community as both were frequent visitors to Ireland over the years. As far back as the 1930s Henry visited many parts of Ireland where railways no longer reach and recorded what he found for posterity. His photographs have featured in numerous books and magazines in the decades since, including his own definitive work “Outline of Irish Railway History” published by David & Charles in 1974.

Now the entire collection of some 80,000 negatives is being sold off with the first part of the disposal taking place on the 21st September through GW Railwayana Auctions of Worcestershire. Your chance perhaps to pick-up that unique Casserley image that you always wanted – but be warned prices are likely to be steep!


Talbot Hotel Stillorgan – Two Fairs this Sunday!


Ulster Folk & Transport Museum – Model Railway Day

Model Railway & Hobbies Exhibition – Dublin – October Bank Holiday Weekend

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Irish Railwayana a big hit at Victor Mee’s Auction!

Victor Mee’s recent two-day sale at Cloverhill saw serious prices achieved for some highly collectable items of Irish railwayana. Posters, signalling equipment, cast iron items, rare carpets and even the letters from the door to the Gents toilet at Ballybay station were knocked down to eager bidders. Some of the more interesting lots below.


The full results for the sale are here but I’m not sure how long they will remain available.


Strong prices at Whyte’s ‘Eclectic Collector’ Sale!

Some extraordinary prices at Whyte’s ‘Eclectic Collector’ sale last Saturday (14th May, 2016), but it was an unlikely candidate that stole the show: a well worn ten pound note from 1939 with an estimate of €1,200-1,500 was eventually knocked down for an incredible €10,500!


Above: Lot.306.  a Currency Commission Consolidated Banknote ‘Ploughman’ Provincial Bank of Ireland Ten Pound note – sold for €10,500 against its pre-sale estimate of €1,200-1,500.

Hill of Howth ticketsMGWR TICKET

Left: Lot.50. Six Great Northern Railway excursion tickets to the Hill of Howth – used in the outward direction only on April 24, 1916 (the 1st day of the Rising) – the return trains to the city all being cancelled; sold for €420 against a pre-sale estimate of €250-300. Right: Lot.49. a Midland Great Western Railway 3rd class race day special ticket to Fairyhouse sold for €380 against a pre-sale estimate of €300-500. This is probably the highest price ever paid for an Irish railway ticket – I’m open to correction.

Anyway, for those interested the full results, including unsold lots still available, may be found here:

I’m off to scour my attic!

“The Eclectic Collector” Sale at Whyte’s (Dublin) – Saturday 20th September,2014


As usual Whyte’s have surpassed themselves in putting together this sale and the 815 Lots cover a truly eclectic range of material including…a large and very varied selection of film posters – James Bond (Goldfinger, Moonraker, Never Say Never Again), Alfred Hitchcock (Rear Window), Ben Hur and The Bridge on the River Kwai…..are on offer; guide prices are affordable with many in the €100 – €300 region….

Rear Window

Philographers will have a field day largely due to the efforts of a Skibbereen schoolboy who began collecting autographs of the Good & the Great back in the 1950s. Resting uneasily (?) side by side are the autographs of the Dalai Lama, the Duke & Duchess of Windsor (below),  S.S. Colonel Otto Skorzeny (the man who led the successful mission to rescue Italian dictator Benito Mussolini in 1943), General Franco, Earl Mountbatten of Burma and a host of other famous Generals, Political Leaders, Movie Stars….

Lot 269 Duke of WINDSOR autograph

Sports medals, signed jerseys, autographs, match programmes – including the highly sought after one from the Ireland v Germany game at Dalymount Park on 17th October 1936 (below).

1936 match prog

Coins – including a hoard of James.II. 1690 ‘Gun Money’ found on a Co.Tipperary farm (!) in 1936 (below); a large variety of interesting Irish banknotes.

Lot 365 Gun Money hoard

Medal collectors will also find much of interest including Lot.578. ‘A Wexford sailor’s Arctic & Crimea’ medals, (below) as well as various War of Independence medals etc.etc.

Arctic and Crimea

A large collection of military memorabilia from both World Wars, and earlier, including a large number of German Nazi medals, daggers etc. – as featured on RTE’s Liveline programme – are sure to attract plenty of bids.

Iron Cross

The Nazis may have had a poisonous ideology but they had all the best when it came to uniforms, medals and other regalia – not my cup of tea but very collectable.



At The Freemasons Hall, 17 Molesworth Street, Dublin.2.


Viewing at Whyte’s Salerooms

Wednesday 17th Sept. from 10.00am – 5.00pm

Thursday 18th Sept. from 10.00am – 5.00pm

Friday 19th Sept. from 10.00am – 5.00pm

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Whyte’s History, Literature & Collectables Sale – Saturday 14th September, 2013

Once again Whyte’s have pulled out all the stops to put together a superlative collection of Irish history and there’s something to suit the collector of every political persuasion. Amongst the almost 750 Lots are very important items relating to the 1913 “Lockout”, militaria, advertising posters, sporting memorabilia, coins, banknotes, books etc.

 Lot.253. A copy of the Dublin Metropolitan Police Proclamation banning the assembly of workers on Sackville Street in August 1913, in pristine condition, is surely one of the highlights of the sale. I expect that it will well exceed its pre-sale estimate of €1,000-1,500. For more information check out the YouTube video below.

For full details of the sale/viewing times etc. go to the Auctions Page here:

Whyte’s History, Literature & Collectables Sale – Dublin, Saturday 26th January, 2013

There’s something for everybody as the cliché goes but this time it’s true – the whole spectrum of collecting is covered in Whyte’s Sale on the 26th January. Period travel posters including one of the rarest Irish railway posters to come on the market in years (see below); enough militaria to equip a small army, including that most British of WW.II. weapons, the Bren light machine gun which carries a low estimate of €500-600; a selection of rare Ulster Unionist political posters – very topical at the moment – as well as plenty of Republican ephemera. The sale also includes some good sporting memorabilia, coins, banknotes and rare books. 655 Lots in total. The catalogue itself is sure to become a collectors’ item and is available from Whyte’s price €10.

Bren Gun

Lot.336. A British Army Bren machine gun of WWII vintage. Est.€500-600

Ulster is Ours - Copy

Two superb posters: Lot.243 1940s Ulster Unionist Council “Ulster Is Ours” James Craig Election Poster. Est.€300-500 and Lot. 498 Midland Great Western Railway poster circa 1900 which carries a very modest estimate of €400-600.

Further details:

Whyte’s Fine Art & Collectibles Auctioneers & Valuers

38 Molesworth Street,  Dublin .2.

Tel: (01) 676 2888  Fax: (01) 676 2880

Viewing – at Whyte’s salerooms

Wednesday 23rd Jan. from 10.00am – 5.30pm

Thursday 24th Jan. from 10.00am – 5.30pm

Friday 25th Jan. from 10.00am – 5.30pm

Day of sale from 9.00am – 12.30pm

*Auction takes place at The Freemasons Hall, 17 Molesworth Street at 1.00pm

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Fry Model Railway Museum to be closed down!

Malahide station at the Fry Model Railway Museum at Malahide Castle


Most of you will not be aware that the Fry Model Railway, owned by Dublin Tourism and housed in a purpose built building in Malahide Castle grounds has been given notice by Fingal County Council, the owners of the premises.

The reason for the eviction is not clear.

Again, many of you will have visited the Fry Model Railway at some time, and would be aware of the significance of this working layout, and associated static displays. It is the only working layout on the island to represent the history of our railways over the past 170 years or so, with the main line representing Belfast  –  Dublin – Cork, and including the narrow gauge and such delights as the mail boat sailing from Dun Laoghaire, and the Guinness barges on the River Liffey.

The layout, as far as we can ascertain, is to be put into storage, following its dismantling. The deadline for this is the end of February. No further details are available, and the future of both public and enthusiast viewing is uncertain.

An alternative location should be found, if possible, and we are appealing to ALL of you to come up with suggestions, north, south, east or west, in order that this magnificent collection should be kept available for public viewing. One suggestion is that it be re-erected in the grounds of Collins Barracks Museum in Dublin, which would have the advantage that it would be on a Luas route, close to Heuston/Kingsbridge station and on numerous bus lines. This is an area which should be explored further. It must be remembered though, that the layout is effectively a living organism, and requires maintenance on a regular basis, and the possibility of a continuous upgrading, as it has had over the last 20 years or so. Money will be required on an ongoing basis to maintain it; hence, it cannot be free entrance, wherever it may end up.

Timing is somewhat fortuitous, as the politicians in the South will now be more amenable to pressure, with an upcoming election, so I appeal to all of you to exercise whatever influence you have to ensure that the Fry Model Railway has a future in the public eye.

There will be one more opportunity to see the layout in action before its demise in its current form, and when we find out when that is to be we will notify the community of modellers and railfans on the Island. We would be keen to see a large turnout for that event to ensure that the authorities see that there is a huge interest in this collection.

There is also a requirement for a more formal support group for the Fry Model Railway, and a Friends of the Fry Model Railway is now in the process of formation. You are invited to give it your support.

I also appeal to you to ensure the widest possible circulation of this e-mail by whatever means possible among the model and prototype railway community.

John Hamill

Chairman Model Railway Society of Ireland
Interim Convenor, Friends of the Fry Model Railway