Here is a picture from my friend showing 50048 coming into Newton Abbot with the 11.30 Newquay to Manchester on 7 July 1984.
Thanks, Copyright Michael Adams
The Tamar Belle heritage centre
Naming of the 1926 Coach 'Queen of the Tamar'
Andrew & Diane Jones
Please find attached photograph taken adjacent the site of Brunel Quays at Lostwithiel in the 1990’s.
Many hours were spent here enjoying class 37’s performing brisk shunting movements in the now recently removed Fowey Branch bay and adjoining trackwork.
Between freight movements a passing up HST in ‘Intercity’ livery glides by with the distinctive
graceful swallow emblem, now much sort after by collectors, a recent sale achieved £3,000.
Its a great pity and possibly a huge mistake to apply vinyl on todays class 800 Hitachi series with little chance of revenue from collectors and the numerous charities that benefited from nameplate sales. Hopefully someone will see sense and reinstate a tradition dating back to the earliest steam locomotives.
Some steam plates are now making in excess of £70,000 with class 52 Western nameplates appreciating year on year. (when offered for sale by BR you could purchase one for £250!) Obviously the HST castle class plates will be much sort after!
Best wishes Andrew and Diane