Railwayana – A Private Collection of Locomotive Nameplates, Totems, Targets and models coming up for sale in the 24th November Toys, Models & Collectables auction. At the very top of the collector’s dream wish list of Railwayana are steam locomotive nameplates – the brass or steel plaques bolted to the front or flanks of the locomotive engines. Highly collectable, good locomotive name plates only rarely come up for auction, but when they do they are sure to cause a stir in the world of Railwayana. Commanding the highest prices are plates that come with a good name, or from a class of locomotive with fewer engines built. The top lot of the sale is the nameplate for Lord Dowding, a Battle of Britain Class Pacific locomotive, built for Southern Railways. Running between 1946 and 1965, the loco was named after the 1st Baron Dowding, an Air Chief Marshal who played a crucial role in national defence during The Battle of Britain (Estimate: £30,000-40,000 plus 22.2% buyer’s premium).

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