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Barry Railway Signal box nameplates

PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 2018 5:55 pm
by Penrhos1920
Does anyone have an original Barry RAIL signalbox nameplate? I want to know the key dimensions and material of construction. There has recently been one on eBay that was aluminium. I find it hard to believe that the Barry had aluminium nameplates in 1880!

Re: Barry Railway Signal box nameplates

PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 11:14 am
by Noel
Industrial production of Aluminium started in 1856, but production was low and the result expensive. Bulk production started in 1888-90 and took off in the 20th century. I don't have, or know about, Barry railway cast signs, but think you're right to be suspicious of this; it sounds like something someone might have commissioned much more recently, when aluminium was cheap and freely available, and cast iron [which is what I would expect] was neither.

Re: Barry Railway Signal box nameplates

PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 8:01 pm
by Rhobat Bryn
Penrhos1920 wrote: I find it hard to believe that the Barry had aluminium nameplates in 1880!


The Barry didn't start operating until 1888.

Re: Barry Railway Signal box nameplates

PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 8:31 pm
by Noel
The date given could be because it's a fraud, it could be down to a clueless seller, or it could just be a typo. It's not GWR [cast iron so far as I know] or BR [presumably colour coated steel]. If as advertised it seems most likely to me to be from the second half of the 20th century at the earliest.