Locomotive & Train
Railwayana - Loco Nameplates
The earliest nameplate to have surfaced and been sold through
auction was from the GWR broad gauge loco "ROVER" which was sold for
£38,200 in December 2000.
Generally nameplates are from the big four companies and these were mounted in pairs
with one on each side of the loco.
These were unique in that they were constructed from a sheet of
steel with brass letters and edge beading and except in a few cases
were curved to be carried on the engines splasher. This means that a
"King" nameplate is little different to that of a humble "Hall" but
the price certainly is, with a Hall selling at the current time at
around £5000 - while the last King in Auction fetched
Sold in our November 2010
Auction for £5800.
fine names from this region with the most sought after being from the
Streamlined Coronations with the latest in Auction being "QUEEN
ELIZABETH" ex 46221 which sold in 2009 for £51,500. The
cheapest being from "Jubilees" which generally fetch around £9,000 -
Nameplate ex Princess Coronation Class 46247 sold
auction for around £36,900
far the most sort after plates from this region are from the iconic
"A4's" with the Auction leader being "GOLDEN FLEECE" ex 60030 which
fetched the highest Auction price ever for a nameplate of £60,000 in
December 2004. A1 and A3's come in at a more manageable price of
around £10,000 - £15,000 depending on name.
Nameplate ex A4 Class No 60002 sold in auction
most varied region by far with some very attractive nameplates being
fitted to the "Bulleid" locomotives. The Merchant Navy Class had an
enamel centre to the plate, Battle of Britain locos had a badge as
did many of the West Countries. The earlier plates such as Schools
Class and King Arthurs had the Class name at the bottom of a brass
plate. The highest Auction price was achieved by us in September 2012, when
the nameplate, badge and Scroll from West Country Class 34021 "DARTMOOR" - were sold for £52,250. The Squadron sets
and badged West Countries are the most
sought after SR plates, with the most affordable at the present time
being from King Arthurs which can be picked up for around £8000.
Sold in our September 2012 Auction for a SR World Record Nameplate
Price of £52,250
34020 SEATON at Eastleigh Works Yard in March 1961
Merchant Navy Nameplate ex
rebuilt MN "35007"
West Country Class Nameplate
with badge and scroll from unrebuilt "Spam-Can" "34015".
Battle of Britain Class Nameplate and
Badge ex 34090
King Arthur nameplate ex
final plates to be fitted to steam locos by BR were to some of the
Standard Class locos with the most famous being from the last engine
built 92220 "EVENING STAR". The most sought after of these plates are
from the Britannia's with "SOLWAY
FIRTH" ex 70049 selling for £18,200 in December 2002. The most modestly priced plates in
this group are from the Standard "5"s which can be bought for around
Britannia Class Nameplate ex
you wish to purchase your first nameplate we would suggest a GWR
Hall plate as these are readily available, look attractive on
display and can easily be traded up for a better plate at a later
date. We can usually locate a Hall plate for you if required or they
appear in most Specialist Auctions.
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