West Highland Line train stations featured in unique £10 notes

Limited edition £10 notes celebrating stations on the West Highland railway line have gone up for auction today.

The polymer notes have been produced by the Bank of Scotland and will raise money for the charity Mental Health UK.

Featured stations include Helensburgh Upper, Garelochhead and Arrochar & Tarbet.

After the success of the Pudsey £5 notes, Bank of Scotland has again coupled with De La Rue to create a series of notes that the Bank says will appeal to both bank note collectors and railway enthusiasts.

From today the bank is auctioning 36 of its new £10 polymer bank notes with rare serial numbers and a very unique feature.

The platform for the auction will be Spink UK, with online and telephone bidding that will run from 3pm today until 10am on Friday December 1.

To celebrate the new ‘map’ feature on the note (which illuminates when placed under a UV light), 18 notes have been specially printed and feature a representation of the old and much loved ‘totem’ signs that once adorned many railway stations across the country.

The railway totem signs are highly collectable with originals worth many thousands of pounds.

Bank of Scotland has collaborated with Great Central Railwayana Auctions and the 18 notes correspond to the stations from Helensburgh Upper to Mallaig that are believed to have featured a totem sign.

An added feature on these special notes is a serial number that relates to the locomotive type pictured on the Glenfinnan Viaduct.

Philip Grant, treasurer of the Bank of Scotland said: “Bank of Scotland has been issuing bank notes for more than 320 years and I can’t express how proud we are to support Mental Health UK through these specially commissioned notes.

“If we manage to raise more than the £18,904 it cost to complete the Glenfinnan Viaduct in 1901 we’ll be on the right track.”