LMS REBUILT 1921 DERBY (EX 2P)

It seems appropriate to start off the LMS Derby plates section of this site with this plate as it is the closest pattern to the last MR Fowler era plate. The early Derby LMS plates are well made affairs and appear on the whole to be fairly well finished. The early plates are well moulded and cast as per the latter MR plates. As can be seen the LMS simply altered the MR pattern by taking out the MIDLAND RY letters and adding the LMS, they also repositioned the REBUILT letters lower down to account for the bigger LMS. The plates are also nice and thin at a smidge over 3/16ths nominally. Bolt holes are cast in and either punched thru or cleaned up with a drill, occasionally the legend PATTERN appears on the rear of these plates, this is copied over from the actual wooden pattern showing the plate was moulded from both sides as against the usual practice of simply making a plain back mould (to be explained later) and a front detail mould.

Size in inches- 10 & 7/16ths by 5 & 5/16ths (hole centres 8 & 3/4 typical)
Pattern Rarity- Common
Special Features- The word PATTERN occasionally cast in rear of plate as part of moulding process.

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