Locomotive nameplates are very collectable, but their prices are steep. Even
replica cast aluminium plates are several hundred pounds. A more convenient and
affordable choice are our replica nameplates. They're painted laser-cut wood.
Original GWR plates are huge. Those here are half-size, making them just
under three feet across - a convenient size for hanging over the mantelpiece.
The smaller plates are a quarter size.
We've made a range of nameplates so far. The large green plates are Great
Western Railway (GWR) style. The smaller red ones are LMS. We've a range of them
already made, from popular loco names like Great Western to door names
for your Laboratory.
We can of course make custom plates. New texts in existing plates don't even
need new artwork charges.
Your own steam train?
Train headboards for use on special trains, or just for decoration.
Choose your own custom designs and text. It's early days for these as yet, so
we're very interested in what people would like.
Email: email@example.com to tell us what
you'd like on yours.
If you would like to fly to Parkend, then try the Dean Forest Railway.
These are cut from 6mm MDF, a man-made wood
fibre board, for the main board and the raised letters. An extra plate at the
back thickens the wood to take mounting screws. Drilled and countersunk holes
are available, on request, to screw on from the front.
These are painted to make the MDF weather-resistant. They're rainproof for
use in service on trains, but it is not recommended that they're left
outdoors in storage or that they're mounted permanently outdoors.
The paint finish uses three coats:
- The MDF is soaked in a coat of thin polyester resin, usually used for
repairing dry rot. This soaks into the board, giving a harder wearing result
than most primers, which can chip if damaged on the surface.
- Aluminium metallic primer
- This is both a good primer and also the main
waterproofing layer. It also gives a metallic finish for the letters and border.
Other letter colours are available, applied as another coat over this.
- Colour coat
- Your choice of gloss background colour.
- Fully Painted
Metallic letters and a coloured background.
Supplied with screws and mirror plate for wall hanging. For railway use, a
lamp bracket fitting (not supplied) can be screwed to the back with the
supplied 12mm screws.
We hope to soon offer these ready-fitted with lamp brackets (we still need to
borrow a loco for test fitting them!).
- If you'd rather arrange your own paintwork and save some money, we can supply
these with just the first two primer coats: hardener and aluminium primer.
Not glued. It's easier and a better result if they're painted first,
then glued. Any wood glue if you're gluing the bare wood first, but we
recommend an epoxy if you're gluing painted letter.
- Bare MDF
- For the lowest price, order them in bare MDF, just as cut.
The basic design is one or two lines of text (usually two words) and
optionally "THE" above as a third line.
Some designs use rather more than this. They may even incorporate logos.
Some designs have additional artwork, usually a shield or two alongside the
text. Unpainted shields can be provided on request. Painted shields
would require additional artwork, although we do have an artist available who
should be able to paint most designs. Get in touch and we can discuss details.
The shape illustrated is a typical example of headboards through the steam
era. If there's another shape you'd like, a locomotive nameboard, or just a
different choice of font, please get in touch.