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Longest Name Plate carried on a Steam Locomotive

Discussion in 'Steam Traction' started by A4SNG, Jul 11, 2009.

  1. A4SNG

    A4SNG New Member

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    Well as the title suggest any idea which Locomotive carried the longest Nameplate in length.

    Was it one of the A4's

    Commonwealth of Australia
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    Domminion of New Zealand.

    Be interesting to know which loco like I said carried the longest nameplate
     
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    First of all, you nweed to establish whether you are referring tojust whilst in BR service or including later names - if the latter, I think the Full plate carried by 45231 laid claim to be the longest. If not, didn't some of the regimental V2s have lengthy names?
     
  3. ADB968008

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    Being pedantic..

    but the full wording of the nameplate for Royal Scot would be a candidate ?, thats a paragraph !
     
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    He's asking for length - not girth LOL !
     
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    In terms of overall length as opposed to number of characters, 34109 'SIR TRAFFORD LEIGH MALLORY' would have been a contender along with the previously mentioned A4s.
     
  6. ADB968008

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    I was considering "Thomas the Tank Engine" or "Cadbury Bourneville No1" however this may be the winner:

    60835 "The Green Howard, Alexandra, Princess of Wales own Regiment"

    and..

    60809 "The Snapper, The East Yorkshire Regiment, The Duke of York's Own"
     
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    Sir Eustace Missenden Southern Railway is pretty long!
     
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    70048 The Territorial Army 1908-1958
    70048/70013 The Territorial Army 1908-2008
    not as long as others but still pretty long
     
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    I always thought Dominion of New Zealand was the longest one, and I'm sure I read it somewhere too. Until I saw the two nameplates next to each other at the NRM. The Australia one is the longer.
     
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    Marston, Thompson & Evershed Ltd No.3 took some brass. Not the longest, but certainly occupies a good percentage of the available space.
     
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    Isambard Kingdom Brunel for a WR entry ?.
     
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    I would have thought that 'The Somerset light Infantry (Prince Alberts) on 4016 would have been a contender?
     
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    St Peters School York AD 627?
     
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    The 'George Jackson Churchward' plates on D1664 / 47079 must have taken some beating length - wise! (OK not steam but it had a steam heat boiler!)
     
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    Most Coronation/Duchesses have long names and take up a lot of metal.
     
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    Can you better define 'longest'? Is it physical length (feet & inches or metric whatever) or number for letters/characters?
    I believe 60835 is generally considered to have the longest name in terms of letters amongst main-line locos: 'The Green Howard, Alexandra, Princess of Wales Own Yorkshire Regiment' No idea about physical length.
     
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    If I remember correctly, the A4 nameplate Commonwealth of Australia used to be on display in the old reading room at the NRM prior to Search Engine. It was a two piece nameplate.
    A. Coulls please confirm this.
    I would say that the longest casting would be one of the Duchesses. Possibly 46256, the great man himself.
     
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    Hmm wonder what the shortest name is then?
     
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    Mars ?.
     
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    Gnu?
     

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