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Railfreight Depot Plaques

There were well over 40 different designs of diamond shaped depot plaques. or decals, during the 'sectorisation' period of British Rail between 1987 and 1997. Most of these designs were devised by the Roundel Design Group based on industry local to the depot, however some were devised locally by depot staff. The cast versions were produced by David Newton of Nottingham. They were produced in several sizes depending on their position on the vehicle. Background colour, although usually black, varied within designs. Most of these have now been removed from locomotives and rolling stock.

Here is a table of different designs known about, but not necessarily carried by locomotives or rolling stock. Some were used as signs for the depot entrance, fuel tanks or offices.

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Acton

 

As carried on 60100

Jack Perry

 

Allerton

AN

Barry

Galleon

 

Barry

Galleon

This colour decal, which is loco size, has been stuck on thick plasticard and was mounted on the door of Barry depots main office. Note that the ship faces the opposite way to the version carried on MGR wagons.

Richard Voyce

 

Bescot

Saddle

BS

Bristol Barton Hill

Unicorn

As carried on 47738

Jack Perry

BK

Buxton

Mill Stone

BX

Cardiff Canton

Goat

CF

Carlisle Currock

Fox

 

Crewe Diesel

Cat

CD

Crewe Diesel-RES

Cat

CD

Crewe Electric

Eagle

CE

Crewe Electric-RES

Eagle

CE

Derby EDU

Bison

 

Derby EDU

RAM

Versions of this plate exist with the BR double arrow sign at the base.

 

Dollands Moor

Invicta

see below

 

Dollands Moor

Invicta

This plaque was designed by Andy McGowan and is in the colours of the European Union.

 

Eastfield

West Highland Terrier

ED

Eastleigh

Spitfire

EH

Ellesmere Port

Tug Boat

This plaque was designed by Neil Johnson

 

Grangemouth

Viking Long Boat

GM

Hither Green

Oast Houses

HG

Immingham

Star & Scroll

IM

Ipswich

Suffolk Punch

As carried on 37379

Jack Perry

 

Knottingley

Pit Winding Wheel

KY

Plymouth Laira

Galleon

LA

Leicester

Tiger, sometimes known as Panther

LR

Loughborough

Falcon

Matt Lodge

 

March

Hare

MR

Margam

Kite

MG

Motherwell

Hammer & Anvil

ML

Norwich

Canary

NR

Ripple Lane

Torch

RL

St. Blazey

Lizard

BZ

Saltley

Seagull

SY

Southampton

Liner

 

Stewarts Lane

Battersea Power Station

SL

Stratford

Sparrow

SF

Stratford-Revised

Sparrow

SF

Thornaby

Kingfisher

TE

Tinsley

White Rose

TI

Tinsley-Revised

White Rose

TI

Toton

Cooling Towers

TO

Westbury

White Horse

WY

Willesden

Greyhound

WN

York Wagon Repair Depot

Designed by Adrian Thompson and the depot staff, this logo was stencilled on to York WRD Civil-Link fleet and 08500 'Thomas', the depot shunter.

Paddy Smith