LNER has announced that HST nameplates worn by Class 43 locomotives have raised £41,000 for charity over the weekend after they were put up for auction.
43308 Highland Chieftain was the most popular, selling for a whopping £13,900, with 43300 Craigentinny and one Crest fetching £6,500.
Auctioneers have claimed that these are record prices for Class 43 HST nameplates.
All proceeds from the auction are being donated to LNER’s partner charity, CALM.
David Horne, Managing Director of at LNER, said: “We are delighted these symbols of rail history have generated such interest and raised much needed funds for CALM.
“CALM has seen record demand for its helpline services this year with teams answering more than 70,000 calls and chats since lockdown in March. This money will help support even more people during these uncertain times.”
Seven nameplates were up for auction and all sold:
- 43308 Highland Chieftain – £13,900
- 43300 Craigentinny and one Crest – £6,500
- 43238 National Railway Museum 40 Years 1975-2015 – £6,100
- 43290 MTU Fascination of Power – £4,600
- 43257 Bounds Green – £4,100
- 43274 Spirit of Sunderland – £4,100
- 43208 Lincolnshire Echo – £1,700
LNER has already raised £230,000 for CALM since the start of the partnership in October 2018
Simon Gunning, CEO of CALM said: “LNER has been absolutely brilliant championing the CALM cause and raising funds for our vital helpline services. This auction is another example of its generosity. “A lot has happened over the past eight months and the pandemic has affected our lives in many ways, which is why people are needing CALM and our helpline services more than ever.”
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