The Sunday Post (Inverness)

Head of steam as bids reach £3,500 for rare rail posters


A collection of rare British Railways posters advertisin­g trips to Scotland up to 70 years ago has fetched more than £3,500 at auction. The posters were designed in the 1950s to entice people to Scotland and promote the romance of rail travel to the country.

The vintage lithograph­s included spectacula­r images ranging from the Scott Monument in Edinburgh to picturesqu­e lochs in the Highlands.

The artworks were painted by leading British poster artists of their day, including Jack Merriott, Claude Buckle, Frank Sherwin and Kenneth Steel.

A set of six collected by an enthusiast based in the west of Scotland went under the hammer at Mctear’s in Glasgow, where competitio­n from bidders online and by telephone saw the group far exceed its £2,100 estimate.

The leading lot was British Railways’ Loch Etive Western Highlands poster.

Valued at just £200-300, the lithograph by artist Merriott fetched more than four times the upper estimate, eventually going to a phone bidder for £1,220.

Another highlight was a sought-after 1950s British Railways image, also by Merriott, depicting the West Highland Line.

The original 102cm x 127cm lithograph, showing travellers in the observatio­n coach of a train admiring the views from Lochy Viaduct near Fort William, made £600.

 ??  ?? Artist Jack Merriott’s West Highland Line poster sold for £600
Artist Jack Merriott’s West Highland Line poster sold for £600

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