31602 Chimaera Nameplate 22 August 1999

31602 received the name Chimaera on 16 June 1999. The nameplate and striking Chimaera logo are pictured a couple of months later, on 22 August 1999 at Ridgmont. In Greek mythology the Chimera was a fire breathing hybrid animal, but the name has come to mean anything 'wildly imaginative, implausible, or dazzling'. Surely that can't be a Class 31!

33051 Shakespeare Cliff Nameplate 15 February 1997

33051 Shakespeare Cliff's nameplate is pictured in the afternoon sun at Scarborough on 15 February 1997. Note the way the 'Dutch' colour scheme has been applied on top of the previous paintwork, without any rubbing down, revealing some quite serious peeling of the previous paint!

33116 Hertfordshire Rail Tours Nameplate 15 February 1997

33116 was named Hertfordshire Rail Tours by John Farrow and Ian Kapur of Hertfordshire Rail Tours at Weymouth in December 1993. One of the nameplates is seen here whilst the loco was at Scarborough on 15 February 1997.

37097 Old Fettercairn Nameplate 4 May 2008

Och, I'll have a wee dram! 37097 received the name Old Fettercairn on 5 May 2007 at Brechin station, on the Caledonian Railway. It was named by the managing director of the Fettercairn Distillery, and is recognition of the distillery's financial help with the loco's restoration. It is pictured here at Bridge of Dun on 4 May 2008. 

37401 Mary Queen of Scots Nameplate 20 July 2000

37401 was named Mary Queen of Scots at the appropriately Scottish location of Linlithgow on 4 November 1985. Here is the weather beaten nameplate pictured on 20 July 200 at the slightly less appropriate location of Caerphilly.

37402 Bont-Y-Bermo Nameplate 2002

37402 Bont-Y-Bermo was to wait until the following year for a repaint when this photo of its nameplate was taken at Llanishen on 15 July 2002. Clearly it needed a repaint, with several areas of rust showing through the paint. 37402 received its name on 10 February 1994, the name having previously been carried by 37427. When on 37427, the plates had a red backing, and traces of the original paint are showing through the black paint. Bont-Y-Bermo is Welsh for Barmouth Bridge.

37406 The Saltire Society Nameplate 5 March 2005

37406 received the name The Saltire Society at Eastfield depot on 26 June 1986. The Saltire Society basically promotes all things Scottish, and although 37406 was a Scottish machine when the name was applied, it has subsequently spent large periods of time working in Wales. It is therefore fitting that this picture was taken in its 'home' country - at Bridge of Orchy on 5 March 2005.

37407 Blackpool Tower Nameplate 21 July 1999

The Blackpool Tower nameplate on the side of 37407, photographed at Llandrindod Wells on 21 July 1999. The patches of peeling paint, and areas of rust do not present a very good impression, especially since it had only been six years since the loco acquired the triple grey freight livery.

Aluminium 100 Nameplate 28 April 1998

37410 received the name Aluminium 100 at the Alcan Works, Lynemouth on 21 September 1986, to mark the century of the aluminium smelting process. The nameplate is pictured, along with the Alcan logo plate, whilst the loco paused at Crianlarich on 28 April 1998.

37411 Ty Hafan Nameplate 1 May 1998

37411 was named Ty Hafan on 31 May 1997, at Newport station, in recognition of the work of Tŷ Hafan Children's Hospice. Although the circumflex accent mark over the letter y was incorporated on the replica plates presented at the unveiling, the plates on the loco did not carry it. It is pictured here at Rhymney on 1 May 1998.

37411 The Scottish Railway Preservation Society Namplate 19 April 2003

The Scottish Railway Preservation Society nameplate on 37411, photographed at Wick on 19 April 2003. The name had previously been applied to 37413. There are some serious paint issues here, with large chunks just falling off!

37418 East Lancashire Railway Nameplate 19 April 2003

37418 was named East Lancashire Railway in April 1994. The nameplate is pictured at Wick on 19 April 2003, whilst the loco was working the Pathfinder Tours 'Orcadian' railtour. Appropriately the loco ended up at the East Lancs after it was withdrawn by EWS in 2008.

37425 Sir Robert McAlpine Nameplate 27 April 1998

37425 was unusual in having a different nameplate on either side of the locomotive. The Sir Robert McAlpine plate is pictured here at Crianlarich on 27 April 1998. The other plate commemorates Sir Robert's nickname Concrete Bob, a name he acquired through his pioneering use of concrete in various construction projects, including the Glenfinnan Viaduct.

37425 Concrete Bob Nameplate 27 April 1998

Sir William McAlpine earned the name Concrete Bob through his pioneering use of concrete (or reintroduction, as the Romans used a form of concrete 2,000 years ago!). 37425 carried this plate on one side of the loco, and a more conventional Sir Robert McAlpine on the other. It is pictured at Crianlarich on 27 April 1998.

43002 Sir Kenneth Grange Nameplate 24 February 2018

43002 received the named Sir Kenneth Grange on 2 May 2016, in honour of the man who gave the HST its distinctive streamlined shape. The famous designer was also responsible for a whole range of well known design icons, such as the Kodak Instamatic camera, and the Kenwood food mixer. The nameplate was photographed at Honeybourne on 24 February 2018, whilst the loco was working the 1W29 11:22 Paddington to Great Malvern GWR service.

43127 Sir Peter Parker 1924-2002 Cotswold Line 150 Nameplate 30 November 2016

43127 received the name Sir Peter Parker 1924-2002 Cotswold Line 150 in September 2003, in recognition of Sir Peter's chairmanship of British Rail. Fittingly, this nameplate was photographed at his local station, Charlbury, on 30 November 2016.

43172 Harry Patch - The last survivor of the trenches NAmeplate 18 April 2018

The nameplate of 43172 Harry Patch - The last survivor of the trenches, pictured at Charlbury station on 18 April 2018. Harry Patch, was as the plate indicates, the last surviving soldier from the Great War, and also at one point the oldest man in Europe. He died, aged 111, in 2009. The coloured band on the nameplate represents Harry's eight medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal, Defence Medal, Légion d'honneur (Officer), Légion d'honneur (Chevalier), Order of Leopold, National Service Medal and the Hors de Combat Medal.

47323 Rover Group Quality Assured Nameplate 23 February 1994

47323 was named Rover Group Quality Assured at the Rover car plant in Swindon on 23 February 1994. The nameplate is pictured here, along with the subsidiary Land Rover and Rover plates, moments after it was unveiled by Rover employee Wilf Rayner. The naming was to mark the signing of a new five year contract to move Rover cars by rail. Unfortunately, 47323 didn't manage to hang on to the name for that long! The plates were removed in July 1996, and later applied to 47236.

47547 University of Oxford Nameplate 3 October 1990

47547 was named University of Oxford on 3 October 1990 by the Oxford University Chancellor, The Right Honourable Lord Jenkins of Hillhead. The ceremony took place at Oxford station, and this picture shows the nameplate and crest just after the plastic covering had been removed but just prior to the curtains being placed in front ready for the unveiling. This was a double naming, along with 47587, and both locos made their way back light engine to Old Oak Common shortly after the event.

47582 County of Norfolk Nameplate 8 September 1991

47170 was named County of Norfolk at Norwich station in August 1979. It retained the plates when converted to a 47/4 (47582) in 1981, and again when it was converted to a 47/7 (47733) in 1995, although it lost them after only a month, in favour of the name Eastern Star. The nameplate is pictured here against the parcels red and grey paintwork of 47582, at Kingham on 8 September 1991.

47583 County of Hertfordshire Nameplate 20 July 1989

47583 was named County of Hertfordshire at Hertford East station in July 1979, when the locomotive was still numbered 47172. The nameplate and county crest are pictured here during its Network SouthEast days, at Radley on the evening of 20 July 1989. In 1993 the plates were transferred without ceremony to 47711.

47587 Ruskin College Oxford Nameplate 3 October 1990

47587 received the name Ruskin College Oxford at Oxford station on 3 October 1990. The nameplate is pictured here in the rain just after the covering had been removed, but before the crest had been uncovered. This is actually before the official unveiling, and the photo was quickly taken before the curtains were put in place! The unveiling was performed by Dr Stephen Yeo (Principal of Ruskin College). This was a double naming, along with 47547, and both locos made their way back light engine to Old Oak Common shortly after the event.

Sir Edward Elgar Nameplate 2 February 1991

50007 received the name Sir Edward Elgar on 25 February 1984, marking the fiftieth anniversary of the death of the celebrated English composer. At the same time the loco was controversially painted green to mark the 150th anniversary of the Great Western Railway. Nearly seven years later on 2 February 1991 the paintwork is in a very poor state, when seen here at Gillingham. Note how dark the original green paint scheme was, subtly different to its later repaints. Also note just how many screws are holding the nameplate on. Nobody is going to unscrew that in a hurry!

500015 Valiant Nameplate 11 July 1998

50015 was named Valiant on 24 April 1978, presumably after the then current nuclear powered submarine HMS Valiant, although in true Royal Navy tradition, the name had appeared on four previous ships (it was also allocated to another one which never actually got built). The nameplate is pictured at Bury, on the East Lancashire Railway, on 11 July 1998.

50021 Rodney Nameplate 12 December 1992

50021 received the name Rodney on 31 July 1978, commemorating the 1920s Royal Navy battleship HMS Rodney. The nameplate is pictured here at Toddington on 12 December 1992, shortly after the loco had arrived for its brief stay on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway.

50026 Indomitable Nameplate 24 September 2017

50026's Indomitable nameplate and crest, pictured at North Weald on 24 September 2017, whilst the loco was visiting the Epping Ongar Railway. The loco had standard red backed nameplates whilst in BR service, but then it never carried this later version of Network SouthEast livery in BR service either!

50032 Courageous Nameplate 25 September 1987

50032 Courageous was unusual in having dark blue backed nameplates instead of the more usual red. The blue plate and naval crest are seen here on the side of the Network SouthEast liveried loco at Oxford on 25 September 1987.

50035 Ark Royal Nameplate 15 April 1983

Commemorating a long line of Royal Navy warships bearing the name Ark Royal, starting with Sir Walter Raleigh's ship of 1587, 50035 received the name on 10 January 1978, becoming the first class member to carry a name. Initially it did not carry the crest shown here, but as these were fitted only a week later, I presume that pictures of the loco minus them are quite rare! Ark Royal is pictured here at Charlbury on 15 April 1983, with the bodywork showing signs of neglect.

50036 Victorious Nameplate 24 May 1990

50036 was named Victorious in May 1978. Being a solid aluminuim casting, the plate still looks in good condition twelve years later, but the same cannot be said for the loco's bodywork! The low evening sun picks out all the brush marks of the hand painted finish, and more worryingly all the rust patches. This picture was taken at Heyford on 24 May 1990.

Exeter Nameplate 22 November 1986

50044 was named Exeter at Exeter St Davids station on 27 April 1978 by Roger Keast, the local mayor, this despite the fact that the name refers to the Royal Navy Type 42 Destroyer HMS Exeter! However, to slightly redress the balance the naval crest was added on 20 August 1981 by Royal Navy Captain Dreyer. Originally the crest was positioned above the name, but with the application of Network SouthEast livery, the position was reversed. It is seen here in the latter guise, pictured at Paddington station on 22 November 1986.

50050 Fearless Nameplate 7 January 1984

50050 received the name Fearless on 23 August 1978. The slightly weather beaten nameplate and imposing crest are pictured at Oxford on 7 January 1984. I'm not sure why someone has tried embellishing the final three letters!

D400 Rail Plate 5 January 1992

50050 was repainted into its original BR blue livery and given its original D400 number during early 1991 in order to mark the rundown of the class on BR. The loco lost its Fearless nameplate and instead gained this small Commemorative plaque on the bodyside. While scanning this slide and trying to accurately line up the image I realised that the lettering is not in the least level! Note also the English Electric Leasings plate, recalling the fact that initially the locos were not in fact owned by BR. Photographed at Yeovil Junction on 5 January 1992.

D400 Works Plate 5 January 1992

D400's English Electric works plate photographed at Yeovil Junction on 5 January 1992. Note that there is obviously no mention of the BR number, only the EE number 3770 and the works number D11411. The locomotive was handed over to BR on 3 October 1967, entering service a few days later. Only three other members of the class entered service during 1967, with the remainder arriving during 1968. The class was complete with the arrival of D449 (50049) in mid December 1968.

55002 The King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry Nameplate 9 March 1997

55002's The King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry (KOYLI for short) nameplate, pictured on 9 March 1997, at Bury Bolton Street, during the East Lancashire Railway's 'Three Deltics' weekend. The small plaque commemorates the painting of the loco back into green.

55015 Tulyar Nameplate 6 October 1990

55015 (as D9015) received the name Tulyar at Doncaster Works on 13 October 1961. The plate is seen here on the preserved locomotive at Wansford on 6 October 1990. Tulyar was a famous racehorse of the 1950s, owned by the Aga Khan. Probably its most notable achievement was winning the 1952 Derby.

56123 Drax Power Station Nameplate 23 July 1996

56123 was named Drax Power Station by R. J. Weeks, the director of CEGB Generation Division, at Drax Power Station on 11 May 1988. It was also fitted with a small CEGB logo plate, which was later replaced by a slightly larger National Power plate. Both these had gone by the time I photographed it at Cockenzie Power Station on 23 July 1996, leaving two sets of holes in the bodyside.

59002 Alan J Day Nameplate 21 June 1996

59002 was named Alan J Day by the man himself at Cranmore on the East Somerset Railway on 21 June 1996. The plate is pictured shortly after being unveiled, along with the EMD maker's plate, which includes the American manufacturer's serial number - 848002-2.

59004 Paul A Hammond Nameplate 21 June 1996

59004 was named Paul A Hammond by the man himself at Cranmore on the East Somerset Railway on 21 June 1996. The plate is pictured shortly after being unveiled, along with the EMD maker's plate, which includes the American manufacturer's serial number - 848002-4.

66736 Wolverhampton Wanderers Nameplate 31 August 2016

66736 received the name Wolverhampton Wanderers on 2 December 2011, one of a number of GBRf Class 66s to be named after football clubs. The nameplate is pictured whilst the locomotive paused briefly at Crianlarich on 31 August 2016, whilst working the 6E45 08:07 Fort William Alcan to North Blyth Alcan alumina empties.

73126 Kent & East Sussex Railway Nameplate 27 May 1991

73126 received the name Kent & East Sussex Railway at Northiam station, on the eponymous railway, on 23 May 1991. The immaculate nameplate is pictured, also at Northiam station, just a few days later, on 27 May, whilst the loco was working passenger services on the line. The plates had been unveiled by Admiral Sir Lindsay Bryston, patron of the railway.

60000 Hastings Nameplate 25 May 1997

Hastings Diesels Ltd's Class 201 DMBSO 60000 from set 1001 has received the name Hastings in preservation. It is picture here, with appropriate crest at Uckfield on 25 May 1997. The Latin motto Primus inter pares translates as First among equals.

60118 Tunbridge Wells Nameplate 25 May 1997

Hastings Diesels Ltd's Class 201 DMBSO 60118 from set 1001 has received the name Tunbridge Wells in preservation. It is picture here, with the Tunbridge Wells borough crest at Uckfield on 25 May 1997. The light blue backed nameplate is striking, and in marked contrast to 1001's other power car, 60000, which has a more conventional red backed Hastings nameplate.

6023 King Edward II Nameplate 2 June 2018

The experiential early British Railways blue livery of King Class 4-6-0 6023 King Edward II certainly show up well in this picture of one of the locomotive's nameplates, pictured at Toddington, on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway, on 2 June 2018. King Edward II reigned from 1307 to 1327.

35006 Peninsular & Oriental S. N. Co. Nameplate 31 May 2016

The nameplate of Southern Railway Merchant Navy Class 4-6-2 35006 Peninsular & Oriental S. N. Co., pictured at Cheltenham Racecourse station, on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway, on 31 May 2016. If referred to by its full name (Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Company), it has the longest name of any preserved steam locomotive.

4472 Flying Scotsman Nameplate 14 February 1992

The most famous locomotive in the world? LNER A3 4-6-2 4472 Flying Scotsman is certainly a well travelled locomotive, as the small plaque below the nameplate indicates. It commemorates a record breaking run in Australia in 1989. This picture was taken at Banbury station on 14 February 1992.

60007 Sir Nigel Gresley Nameplate 5 June 2015

The nameplate of 60007 Sir Nigel Gresley pictured at Pickering, on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway on 5 June 2015. Whilst sister engine 60022 Mallard holds the world steam record of 126mph, Sir Nigel Gresley holds the post war speed record - 112mph, achieved at the same location as Mallard's famous 1938 run.

70013 Oliver Cromwell Nameplate 2 June 2018

One of the nameplates affixed to the smoke deflector of 7MT 4-6-2 70013 Oliver Cromwell, pictured at Toddington on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway, on 2 June 2018. Oliver Cromwell was Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England, Scotland, and Ireland, during the brief period when the countries were ruled as a republic.

WD152 Rennes Nameplate 16 July 2017

Robert Stephenson & Hawthorns Austerity 0-6-0ST WD152 was named Rennes whilst owned by the Longmoor Military Railway in the 1940s. It was latterly sold to the National Coal Board, and ended its days at Mountain Ash Colliery in 1979, a full decade after steam had finished on the mainline. Now fully restored at the Dean Forest Railway, the nameplate is pictured whilst the locomotive was at Lydney Junction on 16 July 2017.

6 Blickling Hall 1 June 1997

The nameplate of Bure Valley Railway 2-6-2 No.6 Blickling Hall, pictured at Aylsham on 1 June 1997. The loco commemorates the nearby stately home, which was designed by architect Robert Lyminge in the early seventeenth century.

452280 Cromwell Nameplate 2 October 2016

The nameplate of the Evesham Vale Light Railway's Ruston & Hornsby 4wDH 452280 Cromwell, pictured on 2 October 2016. Whilst it is quite clear that the BR 7MT 4-6-2 70013 Oliver Cromwell is named after England's only republican Commonwealth leader (1599-1658), this nameplate could equally well refer to Thomas Cromwell (1485-1540), King Henry VIII's political 'fixer'!

6 Peveril Nameplate 9 May 2017

The Isle of Man Steam Railway's 1975 built Beyer, Peacock & Co. 2-4-0T locomotive No.6 was named Peveril after a character in Sir Walter Scott's novel Peveril of the Peak. The nameplate is pictured on 9 May 2017, in the Port Erin Museum.

8 Fenella Nameplate 12 May 2017

The nameplate of the Isle of Man Steam Railway's 2-4-0T steam locomotive No.8 Fenella, pictured during a very brief station stop at Port Soderick on 12 May 2017. Fenella is a character in Sir Walter Scott's novel Peveril of the Peak.

12 Hutchinson Nameplate 12 May 2017

The Isle of Man Steam Railway's locomotive No.12 was named Hutchinson after the original company director William Hutchinson. The loco's nameplate is pictured at Castletown on 12 May 2017. Both the plate and the surrounding bodywork could do with a repaint!

13 Kissack Nameplate 9 May 2017

The Isle of Man Steam Railway's Beyer, Peacock & Co. locomotive No.13 was named Kissack after the original company director Edward Thomas Kissack, who was also a Manx MP. The loco's immaculate nameplate is pictured at Douglas station on 9 May 2017.

16 Mannin Nameplate 9 May 2017

The nameplate of Isle of Man Steam Railway 2-4-0T locomotive 16 Mannin, picture inside the Port Erin Museum on 9 May 2017. Mannin was the last steam locomotive to be delivered to the island, arriving in 1926. Mannin is the Manx name for the Isle of Man.

River Mite Nameplate 26 May 2018

The nameplate of the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway's 2-8-2 steam locomotive River Mite, pictured at Dalegarth on 26 May 2018. The River Mite follows the railway near the southern end of the line, joining the estuary of the River Esk near Ravenglass.

Whillan Beck Nameplate 26 May 2018

The Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway's newest acquisition, Krauss & Co 4-6-2 8457, was named Whillan Beck on 5 May 2018. It is named after the small stream that flows onto the River Esk near Beckfoot. The beck passes underneath the railway near Dalegarth station, where the nameplate was photographed on 26 May 2018.

Lady Wakefield Nameplate 26 May 2018

The Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway's diesel loco Lady Wakefield is named after the wife of the former chairman of the railway. The slightly battered looking nameplate was photographed at Dalegarth on 26 May 2018.

Talyllyn Nameplate 3 June 2012

The Talyllyn's Railways 0-4-2ST 1 Talyllyn was built by Fletcher Jennings & Co of Whitehaven in 1864. Its nameplate is pictured here in the rain whilst the loco was waiting at Abergynolwyn station on 3 June 2012.