Great Central Railwayana Auctions

Auction Catalogue: Great Central Railwayana, 2 September 2017

Great Central Railwayana Auction Sale 234, Auction Lot 296
Lot 296 A locomotive headboard, CAMBRIAN COAST EXPRESS, as carried on the through service from Paddington to Aberystwyth and Pwllheli. The title was introduced by the GWR in July 1927, withdrawn in September 1939 because of the War and reintroduced by BR in July 1951. This style of headboard, incorporating the Cambrian Railways coat-of-arms, was used from Summer 1958 up to and including the last titled run on 4 March 1967, always with steam power, and this has the distinction of being the last Western Region headboard used in service. Cast aluminium, 52½"x23" with brackets to rear; two steel plates added at each end to strengthen the plate due to cracks. The crest appears to have been broken off and reattached at some point. The board has been cleaned and restored but has plenty of knocks on the lower rim. £5000-7000