Crewe Collectors Fair Sat 22 June 2024

Crewe Alexandra football Club will be hosting a rail and transport collectors fair on Saturday 22nd June 2024. A wide variety of treasures will be available including railway postcards. 10am until 3pm admission £2. Enquiries to Oliver Hambly 07787 258211.

Burton Collectors’ fairs next 9th March 2024

This popular fair has been rescued by Rod and James Ltd. The next will be at Burton on Trent Town Hall on Saturday 9th March 2024.

The venue is a short walk from the station and is easy to find from the A38 with local parking. Postcard traders will be in attendance.

The other 2024 fair will be on 5th October.

For further details contact Rod Ash or James Hudson

Tony Harden RIP

I was saddened by the news that Tony Harden has died of natural causes on Monday 20th April 2020.

Tony ran the Railway Postcard Collectors Circle for many years, and most recently a railway stations images website.

I can’t remember when I first met Tony but it would most likely be me attending his stall at a postcard fair, probably at least 20 years ago. Tony was based in Reading, so we rarely met other than at the Burton fair, which was the furthest north he travelled for fairs.

I remember Tony as a very serious person, but always with a smile not far below the surface. I am indebted to him for all the assistance he has provided to me over the years to develop my postcard collection and the knowledge around railway postcards.

My thoughts are also to Nicky and his family at this time.

Midland Railway Official Postcards Research

New for the start of 2020 a comprehensive works on the official railway postcards of the Midland Railway has bee put on line by the Midland Railway Study Centre.

Their introductory press release is attached here;

MR Postcards Press release         and the site can be accessed through this link:

A popular map card used for correspondence purposes


A couple of the harder to find postcards:






Carnforth Station railway collectors’ fair Sunday 31st May 2020

The Carnforth dates for 2020 are now available. Sunday 31st May and Sunday 16th August. (9.30am until 2pm). The May date has been changed to avoid a clash with an event at the Crewe Heritage Centre on 16th May. The station is well worth a visit most days with its museum, shop and restaurant. The shop and restaurant sell postcards related to the station. The fair sees the main platform occupied by a variety of stall holders selling railwayana, model railways and even postcards!

East Anglia Transport Museum

The East Anglia Transport Museum incorporates the East Suffolk Light Railway

Close to Great Yarmouth the site is packed with railway and other transport items.

The railway is run using Simplex diesels and a return trip lasts only a few minutes including a far end run around.

The two postcards available are shown above.

Well worth a visit.


There is a new postcard for 2018 available from a St Pancras Merchandise stall in the lower level arcade of the station.

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A brief update on Paddington Bear postcards at Paddington station. After years of trading from a barrow on the forecourt the retailing has moved to a permanent shop inside the station’s retail area. There are currently several postcards available but only one features the station:

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Postcards sold from the barrow include the similar design with line drawn HST and a view of the barrow.


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Watch out for a postcard featuring Paddington bear and a class 800…

Snowdon Mountain Railway

The railway has a massive shop at the base of the railway as well as a smaller site within the summit facility. A number of postcards are available from the “Origins” series.

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These are refs P259, P263, P508, P263, P373, P426, P417, P418, P434, P471, P472, P473, P474, P506 & P510