British Locomotive Builders' Plates - A Pictorial Guide
Of all the collectable mementos that have been carried by locomotives, be they steam, diesel or electric. it can be argued that the most interesting are their builders' plates. They can be seen as the locomotive's birth certificate. Each one different and unique, builders' plates come in all shapes and sizes, and for sheer variety they are hard to beat. This book is the first collector's guide to these fascinating and still quite affordable items. The authors, both experienced collectors. provide a brief history of those private builders and railway company workshops in the British Isles, known to have produced plates. They review the various styles employed by each manufacturer and using more than 700 black/white illustrations, highlight the great range of builders' plates still extant. The book provides information on plates from the earliest years of the steam locomotive, to those affixed to the latest types of modern traction. Appendices provide a rough guide to plate prices in recent years, plus useful addresses for the collector. i.e. auction houses and swap meets. There is also an index of the locomotive builders featured in the book.
British Locomotive Builders' Plates will inform and delight, and prove to be an invaluable reference guide for those interested in the history of British manufactured railway equipment, as well as to collectors of railwayana.
Hardback with dust jacket Softback, pages, black & white and colour photographs
Condition: Very Good
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