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Virgin Trains Thunderbirds Nameplates Up For Sale

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Virgin trains Thunderbirds nameplatesThe Railway Magazine & Virgin Trains raising money for the Gerry Anderson Tribute Fund at the Alzheimer’s Society. The magazine is proud to have teamed up with Virgin Trains to auction two Class 57/3 ‘Thunderbird’ nameplates.

Every single penny raised from the two highest bids will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Society, at the request of Thunderbirds creator Gerry Anderson’s family. It is the first public auction of any of the nameplates that were carried by the popular rescue locos, and present a rare opportunity to snap up a highly-prized nameplate.

The two Virgin Trains Thunderbirds nameplates being auctioned will be from No. 57308 TinTin, and from 57311 Parker. Both plates will have reserve prices. In addition to the nameplates, the winning bidders will also get the cast International Rescue crest carried above the plate. The plates are in ex-locomotive condition and un-restored, but will come with a certificate of authenticity.

Closing date for the auction is 5pm (UK time) on November 29. The winning bidders will be informed on December 2, and there follows a 14-day period to complete the purchase and collection.

You can place your bid via the Railway Magazine website at http://www.railwaymagazine.co.uk/competitions/?compID=01985&magCode=rm

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  • Lars Larsen

    Oh, would that I could! Any chance of seeing an image of the engines themselves?

    • Phillip Atcliffe

      Try searching something like “Virgin Trains Thunderbirds” or “Class 57/3 engines”. There are plenty of pictures available of all 16 of them in their heyday.

      Alas, they’re all gone now — at least as Virgin “Thunderbird” (rescue/shunting) engines in the Thunderbirds livery — but it’s interesting to note that two of the 16 locos retain a link with the show: 57307 Lady Penelope still has that name, complete with pink nameplate and the IR emblem; while 57311 Parker is now named Thunderbird,
      but has a conventional nameplate — no “Thunderbirds” title or IR
      emblem. The others have either been renamed to something
      non-show-related (57304 Gordon Tracy is now Pride of Staffordshire, for instance) or have no name.

      While you’re doing it, have a look for Virgin Atlantic’s Boeing 747-400 G-VFAB, named Lady Penelope (who else? ;-))

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