Great Central Railwayana Auctions

Auction Catalogue: Great Central Railwayana, 1 December 2018

Great Central Railwayana Auction Sale 253, Auction Lot 222
Lot 222 A Hedjaz Railway cabside numberplate, 103, from a 1050mm gauge 2-8-0 built by Hartmann of Chemnitz, works number 3463, in 1910. Originally number 62, but renumbered 103 before World War One, during which this famous pilgrim railway in the Ottoman Empire was within the Central Powers' territory. The line provided a strategic link to Mecca and came under attack from British & Arab irregulars led by Col. T.E. Lawrence; no. 110 of this class still lies where it was derailed in the Saudi desert in 1917. No. 103 survived the breakup of the Hedjaz system and entered Palestine Railways stock (class 2H) by 1926. In the Second World War, P.R. was operated by the Royal Engineers, but the 1050mm gauge lines fell into disuse by the time of the formation of the State of Israel, 103 being withdrawn by April 1947 and subsequently scrapped at Qishon works, Haifa. Cast brass, 8¾"x7¼", lightly polished. £100-200