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Nameplate auction

By Herald Express  |  Posted: January 10, 2013

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A BRASS nameplate belonging to the Earl of Dartmouth locomotive is expected to fetch £18,000 at auction.

The GWR brass steam locomotive nameplate, brass cabside and cast iron smokebox plate from the Earl of Dartmouth is up for auction on Saturday by Railwayana Auctions in Stafford.

Neil Booth, auctioneer, said: "This is a unique opportunity to acquire this superb set, in excellent condition, still with its original splasher paint and lining.

"The front is cleaned and polished with back original. A regular loco' seen often on The Cornishman."

The Earl of Dartmouth was carried by the 4073 Castle Class 4-6-0 No. 5047.

The loco was built in April 1936.

The plate was first fitted in 1936 to Dukedog 3204 and transferred to 5047 in August 1937.

It has the slightly larger 'splasher' of a different radius and the four Swindon brass blanking plugs are clearly visible on the back, fitted when the plate was re-drilled for 5047.

It was based in Newton Abbot and Stafford Road then was stored at Swindon Works from 1962 and cut up a year later.

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