LMS REBUILT 1932 CREWE

Rebuilt Crewe plates are all from Patriot locomotives, we don't know if this was an accounting issue done quite deliberately or if the pattern maker simply made the plates to the drawings he received from Derby, given the Derby Patriots were indeed revbuilds in a loose sense of the word, I tend to believe the latter. These plates are totally unlike the standard Crewe Built plates, The LNWR type face is used but even then the LMS letters are completely different to thye standard Built Crewe, all remaining lettering is smaller in height fractionally as are the numbers, the word CREWE itself is very compressed together making the look of the plate very different, there is also a version which has a dot between rbuilt and the year below.... no mystery here, its where the taper spike was driven thru the back of the pattern to get the pattern free of the sand and the impression not removed by the moulder.
There is a Built 1934 (1934 only) version of this plate off the last batch of Patriots, all features as per rebuilt but retaining same letter styles & sizes, not to be confused with standard plates for that year.

Basic dimensions in inches- 10 & 5/16ths X 5 & 7/8ths (Hole crs 8 & 1/4)
Pattern Rarity- Very Rare
Special Features- See Above

 

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