Shedplate Rarity Guide

 
 
 

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Shedplates were used in various forms in the early days of locos to identify their home shed but the modern era of Shedplates that are collected today came about with the Nationalisation  of the Railways. All locos were given a cast iron plate on the Smokebox door with a letter and number(s) to readily identify their home shed.

74E St Leonards sold for the world record 4050 in our September 2006 Auction

We have graded Shedplates based on how easy they are to obtain.
Price guide in BLUE is for genuine shedplates in ex loco condition.

Prices updated December 2011

A: Rare shedplate, very hard to obtain.
May not have survived. 
In auction expect to pay 250++.

B: Shedplates seen fairly often, although some may    prove quite elusive. 
In auction expect to pay 120+.

C: You should be able to acquire these shedplates fairly
readily, either through auction or private sale. 
In auction expect to pay 50+

A full list of sheds is available for each region. Simply click on the appropriate region. Each code has a rarity letter given on the list

No.

REGION

  1A - 28B LONDON MIDLAND REGION
30A - 41K EASTERN REGION
50A - 56G NORTH EASTERN REGION
60A - 68E SCOTTISH REGION
70A - 75G SOUTHERN REGION
81A - 89D WESTERN REGION

Shedplates were often crudely cast and so replicas are easy to produce. As with all Railwayana try to get provenance when buying or take advice. The back of a plate can tell you more than the front so try to buy plates that have not been repainted on the back.

For a list of the Top 5 Prices in Auction for Shedplates click here.

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