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Chance to own a part of the regions railway history at South Norfolk auction

PUBLISHED: 18:00 13 December 2017 | UPDATED: 10:21 14 December 2017

The Peter Punchard Collection. Photo: Elizabeth Talbot

The Peter Punchard Collection. Photo: Elizabeth Talbot

Elizabeth Talbot

Commuting by train as massively changed over the years, just 25 years ago steam engines were still being used to get people to work on time.

The Peter Punchard Collection. Photo: Elizabeth TalbotThe Peter Punchard Collection. Photo: Elizabeth Talbot

Now, keen train enthusiasts can get their hands on pieces of railway history as a South Norfolk auction house puts up the Peter Punchard Collection of Railwayana.

A Suffolk man, Mr Punchard followed in his Grandfather’s footsteps and began working for the railways.

He had various roles before retiring in August 2003. His grandfather had helped to build the Southwold Railway, and Mr Punchard started his collection with items he acquired from him.

He continued to collect until his death in 2016.

The Peter Punchard Collection. Photo: Elizabeth TalbotThe Peter Punchard Collection. Photo: Elizabeth Talbot

There are over 400 lots in the auction, from pamphlets and line maps and station registers to station furniture, lineside equipment, lamps and enamelled signs.

The auction is scheduled for January 5 2018, by TW Gaze in Diss.

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