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Locomotive Builder's Plates


We offer a collection of railroad collectables that have been carefully selected for authenticity.  Our interest is railroad relics - unless the items actually came from a railway, we don't stock them.



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We GIFT WRAP  (see bottom of page for details)          Collections Bought


To order call:   (707) 328-6215 (cell) or  539-1051 (land)  or   e-mail:  rrcomm@sonic.net
                                         or   Paypal invoices sent upon request    (best option for international sales)


Alco - Brooks Works

7" X 14"      rectangular      cast brass
  BPA-0281    31120  6-1905     2-8-2     Class W    (excellent condition)   $1200.00
                            

                 Northern Pacific (NP) #1554


  BPA-0118    38139  10-1905  0-6-0   (very good condition / pervasive tiny pitting)       $1250.00
        (original 616 negative, as seen below, available for $25 w/ purchase of plate)
                                            (long-time shop goat at Paducah)

                 Illinois Central (IC) #69
                 Illinois Central (IC) #3293  (r/b to 0-6-0T in 1943, used as shop switcher @ Paducah, Ky.)
                 scrapped 1957


  BPA-0088    40906  12-1906  2-6-2     Class T / Class T-1   (nice / letter "S" has been repaired)   $1200.00
                                                  (mounted on display panel - can easily be removed)
                                          

                 Northern Pacific (NP) #2376
                 Northern Pacific (NP) #2467  (r/b to T-1 in 1929)


  BPA-0276    55645  12-1916  0-8-0        (good used condition)   $1200.00

                          

                 Philadelphia, Bethlehem & New England (PB&NE) #65


7" X 14"      rectangular      cast iron
    (none currently in stock)


Alco - Pittsburgh Works

7" X 14"      rectangular      cast brass
    (none currently in stock)


7" X 14"      rectangular      cast iron
    (none currently in stock)


Alco - Richmond Works

7" X 14"      rectangular      cast brass
    (none currently in stock)


7" X 14"      rectangular      cast iron
    (none currently in stock)


Alco - Schenectady Works

7" X 14"      rectangular      cast brass
  BPA-802    43840   10-1907   2-8-0  (flatness distorted during removal)   $1000.00
                            

                 Frisco  (SLSF)  #1283(1st)
                 Rock Island  (CRI&P)  #2108   (1908)
                 s-f-s  (1952)
            

  BPA-140    50415   9-1911  2-8-2   MK-63   (excellent condition)       $1150.00
                                                  (mounted on display panel - can easily be removed)
                                     

                 Missouri Pacific #1237


7" X 14"      rectangular      cast iron
  BPA-0154    59668  11-1918  2-8-2   (excellent condition / recent repaint)       $1050.00
                           

                 Wabash #2209


Alco / GE

6" X 12"      rectangular      cast brass
    (none currently in stock)


6" X 12"      rectangular      cast iron
    (none currently in stock)


Alco Products

4" X 12"      rectangular      sheet aluminum
    (none currently in stock)


American Car & Foundry / ACF

Berwick Plant         1 1/2" X 18"      rectangular      cast brass       no data
    (none currently in stock)


Baldwin Locomotive Works  /  BLW


16" / Burnham, Williams & Co.        cast brass        "manhole cover"
  BPB-0199   19722   Dec 1901   2-6-2  Prairie      $1600.00
        (holes drilled oversize during a shop remounting - common on AT&SF plates)
 				

				Santa Fe (AT&SF) #1026
				scrapped c.1955

       (this locomotive is pictured leaving Fort Worth, Tx in 1947,
         at the bottom of page 175  of "Iron Horse of the Santa Fe Trail")


12 1/4" / Burnham, Williams & Co.        cast brass        ("Burnham, Williams & Co" on plates from about 1891 into 1909)
  BPB-0454   23514   Jan 1904   2-8-0  Consolidation  
               nicely restored, has notch (weld burn) in rim     $1110.00
 				

				Southern Pacific (SP) #2692
				scrapped at Tucson, Az.


  BPB-0266   27532   Feb 1906   0-6-0    
               good condition, but 2 extra holes      $950.00
 				

				Southern Pacific (SP) #1125


  BPB-0073   32332   Dec 1907   2-8-0  Consolidation  
               nicely restored, has 4 small cracks, mostly visible on back     $1160.00
				

				Great Northern (GN) #1250
				scrapped 1949


8 1/8" / Burnham, Williams & Co.            cast brass
    (none currently in stock)


12 1/4"      round      cast brass          (this style used for less than three years)

  BPB-0121   36553   May, 1911   0-6-0    
               good condition, but 2 extra holes      $950.00
 					

				Southern Pacific (SP) #1189


9 1/4"      round      cast brass      Steam

  BPB-0106    37774   May, 1912     2-8-2  Mikado    (has 2 small tight cracks)     $885.00
        (original 616 negative, as seen below, available for $15 w/ purchase of plate)
              
                 	                  

      			Wabash #2420


  BPB-0355    51814   May, 1919     4-8-2  TS-1   Mountain    (mostly flattened)     $1270.00
              
                 	       

      			Southern Ry  (SR) #1488

   (Southern Ry's largest passenger steamers, the TS-1's were originally based in Spencer, they powered
    the fast, heavy traffic on the Washington to Atlanta main - decked out in Brunswick Green)


  BPB-0093    57086   Sept, 1923     2-8-2  Mikado         $850.00
       (holes drilled oversize during a shop remounting - common on AT&SF plates)
              
                 	       

      			Santa Fe  (AT&SF) #4033


9 1/4"      round      cast brass      Diesel

  BPB-0018    64425       1942     VO-1000    heavy service scrapes      $880.00
              
                   	     

      			Wabash RR #300


9 1/4"      round      cast iron     Diesel
    (none currently in stock)


14 3/4" X 10 1/4"      five sided "House Shaped"      cast brass      steam
  BPB-0250    73028   9-1946   4-8-4  Niagara   excellent condition / 2 small extra holes along centerline
                 $1600.00      

			National Ry. of Mexico / NdeM #3043  (The pinnacle of Mexican steam development)


14 3/4" X 10 1/4"      five sided "House Shaped"      cast brass      Diesel
  BPB-0333    73588   3-1948   DS-4-4-1000    excellent condition / recent restoration
                 $1350.00          

			PRR #5970
			PC #7940

  BPB-0334    73588   3-1948   DS-4-4-1000    excellent condition / no paint
                 $1350.00          

			PRR #5970
			PC #7940


14 3/4" X 10 1/4"      five sided "House Shaped"      cast iron
  BPB-0190    72816   9-1945   VO660   excellent condition      (Sold)
              
                      		  

			American Smelting & Refining Co. / ASARCO #1953  (San Luis Potosi, Mexico)
			Industrial Minera Mexico #1953  (same) 


  BPB-0402    73869   12-1948   DS-4-4-1000   excellent as removed condition      $1250.00
              
                      		  

			Pennsylvania RR  (PRR) #9256
			Pennsylvania RR  (PRR) #7996
			Penn Central  (PC) #7996
			Penn Central  (PC) #8274


  BPB-0225    74201   1-1950   DS-4-4-1000   excellent condition      $1250.00
              
                      		  

			Pennsylvania RR  (PRR) #5569
			Penn Central  (PC) #7969
			Penn Central  (PC) #8269


  BPB-0150    74898   9-1950   AS-16   excellent condition      $1350.00
              
                     		   

			Missouri-Kansas-Texas RR / MKT #1578
			Missouri-Kansas-Texas RR / MKT #133

  (apparently authentic black paint.  Photos show that EMD returned these AS-16's to MKT after rebuilding 
           with the original Baldwin plates painted black - same as the undercarriage)

   (Bowser made a model of MKT #1578 - now you can own the actual builder's plate of that locomotive!)


Baldwin-Lima-Hamilton  /  BLH

  
  BPB-230    75294   12-1951    S12    excellent / no paint     $1100.00
              
                      		  

			Pennsylvania RR  (PRR) #8779
			Penn Central  (PC) #8139


  BPB-288    75349   2-1952    AS616    excellent / repainted     (Sold)
              
                      		  

			Chesapeake & Ohio  (C&O) #5563
			Chesapeake & Ohio  (C&O) #2226
			sold for scrap  (1968)



Diesel Div.  /   GM of Canada

"Hotdog"
    (none currently in stock)


15" X 4 1/4"      rectangular      sheet aluminum
    (none currently in stock)


Electro Motive Corp  /   EMC

16" X 5 1/4"      rectangular      cast brass            ("GM" on right / first used in 1936)

    (none currently in stock)


15 1/2" X 5 1/4"      rectangular      cast brass            ("GM" on left / used from at least 1939 in to 1942)

    (none currently in stock)


Electro Motive Div.  /  EMD

14 3/4" X 4 3/4"      rectangular      stainless steel            (used from 1942 until 1947)
    (none currently in stock)


To order call:   (707) 328-6215 (cell) or  539-1051 (land)  or   e-mail:  rrcomm@sonic.net
                                         or   Paypal invoices sent upon request    (best option for international sales)



"Hotdog"      15" X 4 1/8"      stainless steel            (used from 1947 until at least 1965)

  BPE-0085   15462    3-1952       GP7   flat / almost no paint left       (Sold)

               
				New York Central (NYC) #5688
				Penn Central (PC) #5688
				Conrail (CR) #5688

BPE-0217 15462 3-1952 GP7 flat / vestiges of primer left (Sold) New York Central (NYC) #5688 Penn Central (PC) #5688 Conrail (CR) #5688
BPE-0037 16146 3-1952 GP7 scraped up $90.00 (Hold) Missouri Pacific (MP) #4222 Missouri Pacific (MP) #220 Missouri Pacific (MP) #1663
BPE-214 16320 2-1953 SW9 fair condition $125.00 New York Central #8998 Penn Central #8998 Conrail #8998
BPE-669 18444 5-1953 GP9 nice, no paint $125.00 New York Central (NYC) #5740 Penn Central (PC) #5740 Conrail (CR) #5740 North Central Texas #613 North Central Oklahoma #613 Wisconsin & Calumet #613 Chicago Rail Link #613
BPE-0124 19105 1-1954 GP9 excellent, almost no paint $135.00 (plate comes with slide, as seen below) Union Pacific (UP) #219
BPE-0606 19121 1-1954 GP9 nice, no paint $120.00 Union Pacific (UP) #235
BPE-0552 19173 3-1954 GP9 nice / some blue left $120.00 Union Pacific (UP) #184
BPE-0395 19185 4-1954 GP9 scuffed up a bit $120.00 Union Pacific (UP) #184
BPE-0591 19186 4-1954 GP9 nice / a little blue left $120.00 Union Pacific (UP) #185
BPE-0833 19251 3-1954 GP9-B nice condition (Sold) Union Pacific (UP) #175B
BPE-264 22693 1956 GP9 flat / thick chipped blue (CR) paint $120.00 New York Central (NYC) #6026 Penn Central (PC) #7426 Conrail (CR) #7426
BPE-0283 23698 9-1957 GP9m (turbocharged) nearly full-length scrape $125.00 (original 35mm slide, as seen below, available for $5 w/ purchase of plate) Union Pacific (UP) #342
(several other UP GP9 / GP9-B plates in stock. Looking for a particular one? Please inquire)
BPE-0163 & BPE-0164 23701 9-1957 GP9 nice / no paint left $120.00 / ea. BPE-163 Union Pacific (UP) #345
BPE-339 24448 4-1958 GP9 nice / no paint $120.00 Norfolk & Western (N&W) #825 Norfolk Southern (NS) #825 BPE-875 24945 1-1960 GP18 nice / some paint $125.00 Norfolk & Western (N&W) #936 BPE-309 28624 11-1963 GP35 excellent / very little paint $130.00 Norfolk & Western (N&W) #209



"Hotdog"      15" X 4 1/8"      aluminum            (used from at least 1964 until 1967)

  BPE-0072    30811    11-1965      SD35      fair condition / upper bolt hole enlarged     $160.00

                              
                                                            (Martin K. O'Toole photo - click to enlarge) 
				Southern Ry (SR) #3005
				Norfolk Southern (NS) #3005(1st)
		

15" X 4 1/4"      rectangular      stainless steel            (used from 1966 through the 1980's)

BPE-0046 35941 4-1970 SW1500 scrapes / weld burns / blue gone $120.00 Louisville & Nashville (L&N) #5003 Seaboard System (SBD) #5003 CSX #1103
BPE-0063 7354-57 7-1972 GP38-2 excellent condition / no paint $85.00 Penn Central (PC) #7996 Conrail (CR) #7996 Union Pacific (UP) #1939
BPE-0113 73662-16 4-1974 GP38-2 good condition / blue faded $85.00 (Stan Lytle photo - click to enlarge) Comprehensive Locomotive Archiving Union Pacific (UP) #2015 Union Pacific (UP) #515
BPE-0111 74609-39 3-1974 SD40-2 excellent condition / faded paint $95.00 (plate comes with slide, as seen below) Chicago & North Western (CNW) #6854 Union Pacific (UP) #2986
BPE-0128 74601-13 9-1974 SD45-2 excellent condition / no paint $120.00 Seaboard Coast Line (SCL) #2057 CSX #8962
BPE-0099 74639-8 9-1974 SD40-2 fair condition / little paint $85.00 (plate comes with slide, as seen below) Chicago & North Western (CNW) #6873 retired by 2000 (as CNW 6873)
BPE-0679 75622-4 2-1975 SD40-2 excellent condition / chipped paint $85.00 (plate comes with slide, as seen below, plus slide of caboose of same train) Norfolk & Western (N&W) #6076 Norfolk Southern (NS) #6076
BPE-0096 776071-2 2-1978 GP40-2 excellent condition / no paint $85.00 (plate comes with slide, as seen below) Southern Pacific (SP) #7609 Union Pacific (UP) #5201 Union Pacific (UP) #1301
BPE-0739 776086-7 5-1978 SD40-2 excellent condition / no paint $70.00 Norfolk & Western (N&W) #6145 Norfolk Southern (NS) #6145
BPE-0065 786191-39 8-1979 GP40-2 stampings fair / basic lettering very light / no paint $40.00 Conrail (CR) #3384 Norfolk Southern (NS) #3059
BPE-0084 786193-16 8-1979 SD40-2 stampings fair / basic lettering very light / no paint $40.00 Conrail (CR) #6498 CSX #8856 (Bachman made a model of CSX #8856 - now you can own the actual builder's plate of that locomotive!)
BPE-0074 787147-15 8-1979 GP38-2 stampings strong / basic lettering light / almost no paint $60.00 Conrail (CR) #8238 CSX #2798
BPE-0052 787249-37 10-1979 GP15-1 stampings OK / basic lettering very light / no paint $62.00 (plate comes with slide, as seen below) Conrail (CR) #1621 Norfolk Southern / "PRR" #1408 retired (2007)



Fairbanks-Morse  /  FM

9"      round      cast brass
  BPF-0200     20L-24   7-1948   H-20-44    excellent condition [authentic AT&SF paint ?]  $2000.00

              		 
				New York Central (NYC) #7101


16 7/8" X 7 7/8"      rectangular      cast brass
  BPF-0080     12L-747   4-1953   H-12-44    excellent condition [original paint ?]  $1600.00
        (slide, as seen below, available for $20 w/ purchase of plate)

              		               
				Santa Fe (AT&SF) #531


(click on thumbnail photos to enlarge)


General Electric  /  GE

8" X 5"           rectangular      sheet zinc      (wartime)
    (none currently in stock)


8" X 5"           rectangular      sheet steel      (wartime)
    (none currently in stock)


8" X 5"           rectangular      stainless steel
    (none currently in stock)


8" X 5"      rectangular      sheet aluminum      (recent)
    (none currently in stock)


14" X 5"      rectangular      cast aluminum
  BPG-0071   39205    6-1973    U30C     (bolt holes broken out)    $250.00

               
				Union Pacific #2865
				sold-for-scrap  1988

  BPG-0104   39267    6-1973    U23B   (bolt holes broken out)    $220.00

                             
                                                  (Terry Scott photo - click to enlarge)  
				Louisville & Nashville (L&N) #2738 
				Seaboard System  (SBD) #2738 
				CSX #3267 

BPG-0079 41931 5-1978 B23-7 $250.00 (Hold) Conrail #1924 Norfolk Southern #4034
BPG-0243 42052 12-1978 C30-7 (good condition / some holes broken out) $200.00 Norfolk & Western (N&W) #8037 Norfolk Southern (NS) #8037
BPG-0492 43689 10-1981 C30-7 (good condition / corners broken out) (Sold) Seaboard Coast Line (SCL) #7079 Seaboard System (SBD) #7079 CSX #7079


GE / Alco         12" X 6"      rectangular      cast brass
    (none currently in stock)


GM Locomotive Group  /  GM / EMD / DD

12" X 4"      rectangular      stainless steel
  BPE-0067    907147-2   9-1992     SD60         $165.00

                
				Norfolk Southern  (NS)  #6698

BPE-0049 926302-25 9-1992 SD60M $150.00 Union Pacific (UP) #6340
BPE-0081 946555-13 11-1994 SD70MAC $150.00 Burlington Northern #9554 (BN)
BPE-0103 996164-60 8-2000 SD70M $150.00 Union Pacific (UP) #4059


To order call:   (707) 328-6215 (cell) or  539-1051 (land)  or   e-mail:  rrcomm@sonic.net
                                         or   Paypal invoices sent upon request    (best option for international sales)


Montreal Locomotive Works

12 1/4" X 6"      rectangular      sheet aluminum
  BPM-221    81197   8-1955   S3    (fair condition/ great weathered paint patina)    $500.00

               
				Canadian Pacific  (CP)  #6541 


Pennsylvania RR - Altoona Works

6 5/8" X 16"      rectangular      cast iron
    (none currently in stock)


Plymouth

    (none currently in stock)


Porter

Shield      cast brass
    (none currently in stock)


Pullman-Standard Car Mfg Co.

1 1/2" X 17 3/4"      rectangular      cast brass       no data
    (none currently in stock)


Vulcan

    (none currently in stock)

Whitcomb

    (none currently in stock)



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Maritime china             Railroad Books               Hotel dining ware               The Bargain Basement



To purchase any of the above items, please e-mail:  rrcomm@sonic.net

Or call:  (707) 539-1051     (7:30 am till 9:00 pm Pacific Time - open 8:30 a.m. on Sat and Sun)      (if no answer, please leave your name, number and message)
          (In a pinch, you may try my cell phone number (707) 328-6215

Shipping - Shipping is $12.00 per order - insurance included (to US addresses), ($15.00 to Canada up to 1 kg, $26 up to 2 kg, $36 uo to 4 kg, $56 over 4 kg), more elsewhere, depending on cost).  Your quantity discount will be in the shipping - buy several pieces and we pay anything over the basic rate.  Orders over $1000 shipping is free within North America, 50% actual cost worldwide.  To avoid delay please order by stock number, when shown.

We are located in Santa Rosa, California  Anyone near to here or passing through would be welcomed to pick up their items (by appointment) so as to save the shipping charge.  Unfortunately, we have no showroom - all our stock is wrapped and in storage (for its protection).



Our Customer Comments

Visa and M/C, as well as checks and money orders, accepted.

                                                                                                                     


Packing - We pack for success, not excuses.  We love old railroad china and relics as much as you do, so we would rather spend a bit more on packing materials (actually, we prefer to use clean recycled packing materials) than see a piece broken in transit.

Our success is collectors getting pieces they want, and only that.  Therefore, all sales are allowed a three day inspection period, within which time, unsatisfactory items may be returned for refund.

Trade / Sell - Perhaps you would like to suggest a trade ?   Unlike an Old World vegetable grocer, we do not care to haggle over the price of each piece, but if you think that you could suggest a trade, or other "deal," that would be mutually beneficial, we will be happy to hear you out.   Maybe you have a piece that doesn't exactly fit with your collection, and we have a piece that does - maybe a deal could be found.   Please recall though, that this is a commercial enterprise, so we would find no advantage in a trade for pieces of like value. Of course, we are always buying - from whole collections to single pieces.

Appraisals - We get many requests for appraisals, and are happy to honor those request for $6.00 per item.  Our appraisal is what we think that a particular item ought sell for at "full retail" (although that depends on how you might market the item) - please feel free to write for further details.  For free, we will tell you what we would pay for an item, but please, only inquire if you might actually want to sell your item to us.  Our "free appraisal" is always the same - "an item is worth what you can get someone to pay you for it."

Sales Tax / Ca. only - Orders shipped to California addresses must pay applicable sales tax.

Gift Wrap - For an extra $7.00 per gift, we will gift wrap any item(s) and mail it directly to the recipient.  Nothing too fancy, but we will box the item(s) and tailor the wrap to the occasion (birthday, Christmas or other), with a "from / to" tag filled out as you specify.

Wants lists - We have locomotive builder's plates - you want locomotive builder's plates, but unfortunately, these are not always the same items.  If you would care to send us your "want list", we will store it and notify you (e-mail or phone, your choice) if we get that item in stock.  There is no obligation on your part - this is only a notification service and interest survey.  Send to: Wants lists

All items first come, first served - if you like it, you can own it.  No false-hope teaser prices, no bidding stress, no sniping - everything is "Buy It Now" priced.  Prices subject to change without notice.

Questions and comments welcomed.

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