Deltic 55 019 and the Ribblehead Resolute at Barrow Hill, 2018
We make laser-cut wooden reproduction headboards for trains. They're usable
on mainline services, a fraction of the price of a cast metal one, and we can
make them quickly to custom designs.
A full-size complete basic headboard is £85, plus p&p That gets you one of
the standard backplate designs, your choice of text, font and colour. A standard
plate is just under three feet wide. Construction is wooden, intended to be
usable on "a train in the rain" but not for permanent outdoor display. We do our
best to use a multi-coat weatherproof finish. For permanent outdoor signage we
can offer some other materials instead.
The mounting bracket is a simple steel strip bracket suitable for a standard
LMS / BR lamp iron. We've had them used on mainline services at 90mph. If you'd
like to wall hang it afterwards, we can offer wall brackets, or put wall hooks
on the back of the plate.
If you're looking to cut costs, we can also do the same boards, but
unpainted and not fully assembled for £40 plus p&p. It's better to paint the
letters before final assembly.
''Lydia'' at Perrygrove, for a Narrow Gauge Railway Society gala day
For narrow gauge, we can also make them smaller - usually half or two thirds
size. These are £65 painted, £35 unpainted.
We can make specials and odd shapes too, but there can be artwork costs.
Delivery is usually about 2 weeks, although please discuss deadlines as we
try to help when we can.
Pricing for a 'standard' headboard is £85, plus p&p.
Unpainted and not fully assembled are £40 plus p&p
Narrow gauge (15" – 2" wide) are £65 painted, £35 unpainted, plus p&p.
A "standard" headboard has your choice of text, font and colours. It's on one
of our standard backplate shapes.
We don't charge per letter, but we do recommend the "less is more" approach
to copy-writing. Shorter text allows larger and more visible letters. Most
headboards are there to be seen in a photograph from some distance, they're not
We love to make headboards in new shapes and with custom crests added, but
these do add a little cost to the standard pricing.
Headboards mostly appeared on the "Big 4" railways in the 1930s. They were in
a whole range of shapes and sizes. After the war, British Railways re-introduced
headboards but choose some of the best looking designs and used those shapes for
most trains, across all the regions. The "classic" headboard shape
The 'go-to' headboard shape. Most of our headboards are of this shape
Often used as a three line text as "The something something".
Shallower than the Type 7, this is a popular choice for one or two line texts
A shallow headboard, like the Type 2, but with a narrower centre.
Like a Type 7, but with a narrower centre and larger scallops.
Southern Region's large rectangular headboard.
These are large – wide – and so aren't the same price as standard 3' headboards.
Chuffin' Ukes – a ukulele club from Wigan
Assembling their headboard, before painting
Most headboards (where suitable) are supplied with mirror plates on the rear for wall hanging.
Wooden 'lamp irons' are also available for easy wall mounting, and easy changing to different headboards.
We can also offer table stands to display headboards and nameplates.