MIDLAND RAILWAY BOILER NEW 1905 (Johnson Era)

Around 1887 Johnson introduces his standard MR buildersplates, MAKERS, REBUILT and BOILER NEW. The BOILER NEW plates for the Johnson era have MR style lettering and are brass as seen. They are rimmed oval approx 3/16th to a 1/4 inch thick depending on casting quality. These plates were the norm right up until the Fowler era in 1921. Unlike the Makers and Rebuilt plates these do not appear to have been stamped with the loco number, probably as boilers were replaced or re-used so often. From photographic evidence these plates often supplemented a rebuilt or makers type.
These plates could have the last digit in the year cast on, soldered on or even riveted on. See below for examples the 1904 shown has a date cast on, a No 5 is shown sweated on and a No 3 riveted on. There is also a great variation seen in casting quality and finishing, I get the impression that little care was taken on these plates other than if on a passenger loco.

Basic dimensions in inches- 10 & 1/2 by 6 (hole centres 8 & 3/4 )
Pattern Rarity- Very rare, 4 recovered from demolition of Derby works, no others known.
Special Features- Last year digit soldered on or riveted on or cast on.

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