|Len with ex-loco condition 2874 smokebox plate|
The first is 2807 on shed at Severn Tunnel Junction on 13th June 1962, behind are 6672, 2895 and 3844.
|2807 at Severn Tunnel Junction, photo courtesy of P. Read.|
|2874 at Shrewsbury, photo courtesy M. L. Boakes.|
The good news doesn't stop there though. This evening I had the pleasure of meeting up with John Violet, a volunteer on the Llangollen Railway to swap a couple of items of railwayana. I was bringing along a cabside from 2876, the last 2800 in service for BR, which I was trading with him for a cabside of, you guessed it, 2874.
|Both plates together|
John had owned the 2874 plate for around 35 years, having swapped it for a smokebox number plate from BR Standard 9F, 92209 which in turn he had won in a raffle on a rail tour.
DMLL will be having several trade stands during the year at various galas, including our own Cotswold Festival of Steam on May 23rd - 25th. I expect that both 2874's smoke box number plate and cabside number plate will be adorning the stand.
|2874 at home, now where to hang it?|