HORWICH BUILDERS PLATES - OVERVIEW LMS & BR

All new Horwich built locos were fitted with the MR Derby style LMS plates post the grouping, once again it was also decided to re-plate older locomotives with the new branding back dated so it was perfectly possible to see LMS Built 1900 Horwich. Unlike with Derby all locomotives fitted with the LMS builders plates have dates unlike many Derby plates.
The original plates fitted are virtually identical to the Derby Pattern in every way with the Horwich pattern makers doing a sterling job of the letters.
The Brass type MR style plate is retained until about 1943 during WW2 when a plainer pattern is adopted and the use of Brass is dropped in favour of Cast Iron. The style of lettering adopted seems once again to have been dictated by Derby with Horwich plates being almost identical to Derby.
The Horwich story post 1947 becomes complex as it would appear from the numbers of patterns seen that Horwich produces their cast iron builders plates with the LMS cast off (ie the LMS letters removed from the pattern). Also there is alot of size variation in the cast iron plates with yet another 1948 pattern emerging but with LMS back on once more (but in a different style) and much smaller in length!!! Post 1948 Horwich uses the plain letters that are Burn Co in style for not only LMS locomotives being built by BR but also for BR designed Locomotives, there being no 'BR Standard' pattern design.

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