McHugh Railroadiana Collection Auction to be Dec. 14

The passenger train and other transportation artifacts collection of the late Ed McHugh will be sold at auction on Dec. 14 in Missouri.

Ed McHugh

Mr. McHugh resided in Massillon at the time of his August 2018 death and was a member of the Akron Railroad Club.

Soülis Auctions of Kansas City is conducting the auction of the collection, which it has described as “one of the greatest collections of passenger service relics ever assembled.”

The live auction will be conducted inside the 529 Gallery at 529 W. Lone Jack Lee’s Summit Road in Lone Jack, Missouri.

There will be a preview session on Dec. 13 between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Doors will open at 8:30 a.m. for the auction, which begins at 10 a.m. with un-catalogued items.

The second session will start at 11 a.m. and focus on the catalogued items.

Among the items being sold are locomotive bells; lanterns; railroad china and silverware; airline artifacts; steam travel artifacts; railroad station clocks; railroad station gate signs; and railroad station signs.

This includes an art deco red carpet that passengers walked to board the New York Central’s fabled 20th Century Limited.

Also up for auction are the builder’s plate, headlight and number board from NYC 4‑6‑4 J3 Hudson No. 5449.

There is passenger car furniture, mid 20th century airline models, an aluminum tail sign designed by Henry Dreyfuss for the 20th Century Limited, a collection of passenger car step boxes, a collection of railroad drumhead signs and more than 60 porcelain enamel signs.

Photographs of the catalogued items and further information can be viewed at

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