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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            (locomotive production at Brooks Works ceased in 1932)

7" X 14"      rectangular / curved ends      cast brass
  BPA-118    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-88    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-276    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            (Alco - Pittsburgh closed in 1919)

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


Alco - Richmond Works            (Alco - Richmond closed in 1927)

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


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


Alco - Schenectady Works

7" X 14"      rectangular / curved ends      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)


7" X 14"      rectangular / curved ends     (used into 1920)      cast iron
  BPA-154    59668  11-1918  2-8-2   (excellent condition / recent repaint)       $1050.00
                           

				Wabash #2209


7" X 14"      rectangular / straight ends     (1920 and later)      cast iron
  BPA-198    64352   5-1923   2-8-2  (lower left corner repaired)   $560.00 (Hold)
                            

				Northern Pacific  (NP)  #1839
       (the Denver Public Library has a fair digital photo of this locomotive on-line)



  BPA-346    66398   7-1925   0-8-0  (lower left corner broken and glued)   $630.00
                            

				Detroit & Toledo Shore Line  (D&TSL)  #111
         (MTH made an O sclae model of this locomotive)


4 1/2" X 9"      rectangular      cast iron
    (none currently in stock)


Alco / GE            (Alco/GE plates were used from about 1940 in to 1953)

6" X 12"      rectangular      cast brass      (Alco/GE brass plates were apparently only used from about 1940 into 1941)
  BPA-175    69421    Mar, 1941   S2  (excellent condition, but extra 1/4" hole in background /            
                                              freshly restored / hole caulked up during painting)        $770.00
                           

				Peoria & Pekin Union #300
                 		Weirton Steel #216  (Weirton, W.V.)


6" X 12"      rectangular      cast iron            ("Alco Diesel" version - used from 1941 until c.1945)
    (none currently in stock)


6" X 12"      rectangular      cast iron            (winged gear version - used from 1945 until 1953)
    (none currently in stock)


6" X 12 1/4"      rectangular      sheet  aluminum            (Alco/GE sheet aluminum plates are very scarce)
    (none currently in stock)


Alco Products            (Alco Products plates were used from some time in 1953 until the end)

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


4" X 12"      rectangular      stainless steel
    (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-199   19722   Dec 1901   2-6-2  Prairie      (Sold)
        (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-454   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-266   27532   Feb 1906   0-6-0    
               good condition, but 2 extra holes      $950.00
 				

				Southern Pacific (SP) #1125


  BPB-73   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 about two 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-355    51814   May, 1919     4-8-2  TS-1   Mountain    (mostly flattened)     $1270.00 (Hold)
              
                 	       

				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-93    57086   Sept, 1923     2-8-2  Mikado         (Sold)
       (holes drilled oversize during a shop remounting - common on AT&SF plates)
              
                 	       

				Santa Fe  (AT&SF) #4033


12"      oval      cast brass      Steam
    (none currently in stock)


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


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-250    73028   9-1946   4-8-4  Niagara   excellent condition / 2 small extra holes along centerline
                 $1800.00      

				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-333    73588   3-1948   DS-4-4-1000    excellent condition / recent restoration      $1350.00
                          

				PRR #5970
				PC #7940

  BPB-334    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-225    74201   1-1950   DS-4-4-1000   excellent condition      (Sold)
              
			

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


  BPB-150    74898   9-1950   AS-16   excellent condition      (Sold)
              
			

				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



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)


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)



Electro Motive Div.  /  EMD

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


"Hotdog"      15" X 4 1/8"      stainless steel            (used from 1947 until at least 1965)
  BPE-254   14296l    3-1951       GP7     painted over w/ CNW green       $110.00

               
				Chicago & North Western (CNW) #1529
				Chicago & North Western (CNW) #4331

BPE-477 14296l 3-1951 GP7 painted over w/ CNW green (Sold) Chicago & North Western (CNW) #1529 Chicago & North Western (CNW) #4331
BPE-374 14316 4-1951 GP7 painted over w/ CNW green (Sold) Chicago & North Western (CNW) #1549 Chicago & North Western (CNW) #4489
BPE-37 16146 3-1952 GP7 scraped up $90.00 Missouri Pacific (MP) #4222 Missouri Pacific (MP) #220 Missouri Pacific (MP) #1663
BPE-369 16192 2-1953 SW8 good condition / no paint $140.00 New York Central #9617 Penn Central #8617 Conrail #8617
BPE-214 16320 2-1953 SW9 fair condition $125.00 New York Central #8998 Penn Central #8998 Conrail #8998
BPE-606 19121 1-1954 GP9 nice, no paint $120.00 Union Pacific (UP) #235
BPE-665 19170 3-1954 GP9 nice / some paint left $120.00 Union Pacific (UP) #169 Chicago & North Western (CNW) #4386 (1977)
BPE-552 19173 3-1954 GP9 nice / some blue left $120.00 Union Pacific (UP) #172
BPE-395 19185 4-1954 GP9 scuffed up a bit $120.00 Union Pacific (UP) #184
BPE-591 19186 4-1954 GP9 nice / a little blue left $120.00 Union Pacific (UP) #185
BPE-874 19254 3-1954 GP9B nice / a little blue left $170.00 Union Pacific (UP) #178B
BPE-248 21458 6-1956 GP9 excellent condition (Sold) Grand Trunk (GT) #4902 (Grand Trunk "Eastern", not GTW) Central of Vermont (CV) #4902 (1963 - ever relettered for CV ?) Grand Trunk (GT) #4902 (Grand Trunk "Eastern", not GTW) (transferred to GTW in 1977) (this was a passenger GP9, bought to replace steam on the Portland, Me. to Montreal, PQ passenger trains)
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
(several other UP GP9 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-396 23158 3-1957 SD9 excellent condition (Sold) Nickel Plate (NKP) #343 Norfolk & Western (N&W) #2343 Norfolk & Western (N&W) #2943 Norfolk Southern (NS) #51 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 into 1967)

  BPE-72    30811    11-1965      SD35      fair condition / upper bolt hole enlarged     $130.00

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



  BPE-211    30839    11-1965      SD35      good condition / some original paint     $140.00

                

				Southern Ry (SR) #3033



  BPE-539    30898    12-1965      SD35      good condition     $140.00

                

				Southern Ry (SR) #3092



  BPE-345    32634    3-1967      SD45      good condition / flat     (Sold)

                 

				Chicago & North Western (CNW)  #911
		

BPE-507 32634 3-1967 SD45 good condition / flat / scuffed near center $125.00 Chicago & North Western (CNW) #911

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

BPE-46 35941 4-1970 SW1500 scrapes / weld burns $120.00 Louisville & Nashville (L&N) #5003 Seaboard System (SBD) #5003 CSX #1103
BPE-271 72604-1 10-1972 GP38-2 excellent / varnished over when in service (Sold) Louisville & Nashville (L&N) #4090 Seaboard System (SBD) #4090 Seaboard System (SBD) #2600 CSX #2600 SP #4864 UP #1990 UP #490
BPE-63 7354-57 7-1972 GP38-2 excellent condition / no paint $85.00 Penn Central (PC) #7996 Conrail (CR) #7996 Union Pacific (UP) #1939
BPE-113 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-436 74609-28 3-1974 SD40-2 excellent condition / blue paint gone (Sold) Chicago & North Western (CNW) #6843 Union Pacific (UP) #3024
BPE-99 74639-8 9-1974 SD40-2 fair condition / little paint $80.00 (plate comes with color slide, as seen below) Chicago & North Western (CNW) #6873 retired by 2000 (as CNW 6873)
BPE-132 74661-24 2-1975 SD40-2 excellent condition (Sold) Chicago & North Western (CNW) #6914 Union Pacific (UP) #3077
BPE-679 75622-4 2-1975 SD40-2 excellent condition / chipped paint (Sold) (plate comes with slide, as seen below, plus slide of caboose of same train) Norfolk & Western (N&W) #6076 Norfolk Southern (NS) #6076
BPE-95 75622-31 5-1975 SD40-2 power sander wear on right side (Sold) Norfolk & Western (N&W) #6103 Norfolk Southern (NS) #6103
BPE-96 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-739 776086-7 5-1978 SD40-2 excellent condition / no paint $70.00 Norfolk & Western (N&W) #6145 Norfolk Southern (NS) #6145
BPE-65 786191-39 8-1979 GP40-2 stampings fair / basic lettering very light / no paint $40.00 Conrail (CR) #3384 Norfolk Southern (NS) #3059
BPE-84 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-74 787147-15 8-1979 GP38-2 stampings strong / basic lettering light / almost no paint (Sold) Conrail (CR) #8238 CSX #2798
BPE-52 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) k



Fairbanks-Morse  /  FM

9"      round      cast brass
  BPF-200     20L-24   7-1948   H-20-44    excellent condition    $2000.00

              		 
				New York Central (NYC) #7101


16 7/8" X 7 7/8"      rectangular      cast brass
  BPF-80     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


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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-259   42020    11-1978    C30-7   (good condition / most holes broken out)    $200.00

                 

				Norfolk & Western (N&W) #8005 
				Norfolk Southern (NS) #8005

BPG-243 42052 12-1978 C30-7 (good condition / some holes broken out) $200.00 Norfolk & Western (N&W) #8037 Norfolk Southern (NS) #8037


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-67    907147-2   9-1992     SD60         $165.00

                
				Norfolk Southern (NS)  #6698

BPE-49 926302-25 9-1992 SD60M $150.00 Union Pacific (UP) #6340
BPE-81 946555-13 11-1994 SD70MAC $165.00 (plate comes with color slide, as seen below) Burlington Northern (BN) #9554
BPE-103 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
    (none currently in stock)


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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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.

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