Collector: Malcolm Guest worked at British Rail
during the golden age of the steam train they advertised journeys to Paignton, Southport and Cornwall. Now the destination is memory lane.
Part of a vast collection, these posters were saved by railway enthusiast and employee Malcolm Guest, who died last year aged 66.
His terrace house was 'filled to the gunwales' with his beloved collection, now thought to be worth almost £1 million.
He rescued thousands of items such as classic promotional posters and station signs unwanted after British Rail nationalised the regional railways.
His terraced house in Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, was ‘filled to the gunnels’ with his beloved collection, which he started while he worked for BR in the 1960s.
He continued with his hobby up until he died last year aged 66.
Mr Guest's widow and two grown-up children had no idea how much his collection was worth and were ‘pleasantly surprised’ by the valuation.
The collection is so huge it is being sold over three separate auctions at Morphets of Harrogate, North Yorkshire.
It has been described by railway historian and author Dr Richard Furness as one of the most important of its kind.
Collection: Malcolm Guest had more than 2,500 rare posters advertising railway trips
'Jovial' view: This Southport Lido poster produced in 1925 made £6,200
Northern delight: Scotland's Lochy viaduct, 1959
Stunned auctioneers were overwhelmed by the sheer scale of the collection, which was immaculately filed on shelves and in cabinets.
Value: The rare collection is expected to fetch more than £1million
'Gathering dust': Most of the posters were just 'cluttering up' the British Rail offices
Excellent condition: Mr Guest's collection has been described as one of the most important of its kind
Attraction: The posters are valuable due to their appeal to railway enthusiasts and vintage art collectors
Malcolm Guest hoarded nostalgic souvenirs relating to the golden age of steam now worth £1million
Mr Guest collected thousands of items such as classic promotional posters and station signs unwanted after British Rail nationalised
Hoard: Mr Guest's terraced house was 'filled to the gunnels' with his beloved collection
Auction: The collection is so huge it is being sold over three separate auctions at Morphets of Harrogate, North Yorkshire
Value: The first auction has already taken place and netted £411,392 as of February 24 2010
Train buff: Malcolm Guest worked in the publicity department of British Rail in Paddington
The remaining 2,000 posters which mainly date from the 1960s and 1970s, will come up for auction later in the year