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Platform edging stones - any value?

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  1. Neilshort2

    Neilshort2 New Member

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    I've registered here hoping for some help. I have recently bought an old railway cottage and I'm in the process of renovating. Littered around the garden are approximately 35 platform edge stones. They measure approximately 575mm x 150mm x 150mm

    I was hoping someone could give me an idea if they have any value? I've tried searching for previous sales or listings around the Internet and haven't managed to find anything similar

    Any help would be much appreciated.

    Thanks

    Neil

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    They look like NSR ones to me, like on the CVR, don't know if they'd be interested?
     
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    Might be more useful if you quoted the dimensions in Imperial Measures - Feet and Inches
     
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    Ok, they're approximately 23" x 6" x 6"

    Thanks.
     
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    If they are NSR then the Foxfield might also be interested ..............
     
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    Just looked at some pictures and I'm not so sure that they are NSR any more. The ones at Cheddleton (specifically those that face the bay platform) aren't diamond criss-crossed, but small rectangles instead, but a similar design. Are they necessarily platform edging slabs? Might be some sort of decorative brick e.g. for a signal box...
     
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    Just a thought, but would the OP like to say where in the country he is - at least roughly - or which railway company (preferably pre-grouping) originally owned his cottage? Since that might narrow down the company - I'd find it strange if things as heavy as these would have been transported too far from their original location.

    Also, a bit of a guess, but I wonder if they are paviours from something like a cattle dock, rather than from a platform edge?

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    Hi guys, thanks for the comments so far.

    The property is in South Yorkshire. I have been told by a neighbour that one of the previous occupants worked for the railway (at least 25 years or so ago), so I'm guessing this is how he came by them - they're laid to form part of the hard standing in front of a garage at the moment.

    I must say when I took up the one in the photos I was surprised to see how thick it is. I was expecting something maybe a couple of inches.

    They all have the white mark to the front edge which is what has led us to believe they were from a platform.
     
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    The photo shows the remains of a painted white edge and curved lip so being a platform edge block seems a reasonable suggestion
     
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    South Yorkshire, so perhaps GCR, or GNR, potentially MR? Anyone seen these at the GCR railway, or Peak Rail? Can't think of any ex-GNR preserved lines...
     
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    They could just as easily be ex-Cambrian but whether that company had its own individual pattern I don't know. The white paint was probably applied as a consequence of wartime blackout.

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    I think that it is one of those things that you will be lucky to find a buyer unless they are specifically looking for that pattern to repair an existing feature. 35 stones at 6" long is not going to make much of a platform and you would need to find similar stones to make it up to any length, even one coach. If they are in the way you might just be best letting the local preservation society know. Other than that a nice rockery with a garden railway...?
     
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    I know the op wanted to know a value and of course the stones are his to do with what he wants but how about contacting his nearest heritage railway and offering them gratis if they are picked up? Many railways have stocks put away for many years before they can be used, this is where there true value lies.

    Some of us donate time, some donate money, some donate items of use. Some of us donate all three!
     
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    Looked at those edgers again - that pattern is similar to the ones used at Penrhyn on the Ffestiniog. And as mentioned before, very similar to the types used in cattle docks.
     
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    without a doubt, they are London midland Scottish platform edging stones
     
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    These are thinner than those in the earlier post but they might well have been made by the same company. I have seen these bricks in many places besides railways, usually another type of industrial location and in many parts of England. I would have thought that they were local to where they now are as they were easy obtained when they were in vogue.

    http://www.hadley-reclaimed.co.uk/paving-and-pavers/734-diamond-paver-10x5.html
    http://www.cawardenreclaim.co.uk/reclaimed-blue-diamond-paving-bricks.html
     
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