Locomotive Plates Raise over £16,000 for Cromford and Grantham Canals

Issue date: 11th September 2012

The name and number plates of a 1940 GWR ‘Hall’ class locomotive, were put up for sale to help pay for the restoration of two 200-year old East Midlands canals, which were closed under railway ownership around the time that the locomotive was built.

The auction for a nameplate and numberplate from Great Western Railway locomotive 'Wollaton Hall' took place last Saturday at Derby.

The exercise was highly successful and the nameplate fetched an astounding £12,000. The cabside numberplate raised a further £1,500 and the Auctioneers waived their fees.

The Friends of the Cromford Canal and Grantham Canal Society were each presented with a cheque for £6,750. Each of the charities is able to claim Gift Aid which brings the total per society to over £8,400.

The nameplate and numberplate were put up for auction by Nottingham transport historian (and IWA Life Member) Peter Stone who purchased the plates from British Railways in 1962.

It is anticipated that the FCC will put the money towards the introduction of a heritage trip boat at Cromford and and the GCS towards the massive task of restoring the Woolsthorpe flight of locks.

Photo of 5999 'Wollaton Hall' at Taunton in 1951 courtesy Peter Triggs.