Re: Peckett locomotive "Sir John Grice" - West Melbourne Gasworks
The photograph you show, taken c1930 is the one I have, but my copy is an old print which appears to be taken off the original negative, so is sharp and the name on the plate can be read.
Whether or not the present aluminium plate is cast or etched is hard to tell from photos. What is clear is that it is the opposite of the original where the name was etched or recessed, while on the present one it is the background that is recessed or etched (hence the edge is raised). More importantly, it bears no relationship whatsoever to the original design.
If I was in Melbourne, I'd happily prepare a drawing for the new plates!
From: Frank Stamford <email@example.com>
Sent: Monday, 12 January, 2009 21:20:40
Subject: [LRRSA] Re: Peckett locomotive "Sir John Grice" - West Melbourne Gasworks
I do not think the current nameplate is cast. It appears to be
aluminium, possibly etched aluminium.
It is certainly different to the plate you describe.
In the photos section of this Yahoo Group I have added three photos in
the Album "Frank's photos":
http://groups. yahoo.com/ group/LRRSA/ photos/album/ 406528701/ pic/list
One shows the loco near Fielder in 2007. The second is a close-up of
the nameplate currently fitted to the loco ( - this picture is
actually an enlargement taken from the first picture). The third shows
the loco working at West Melbourne Gasworks, as published in "Light
Railways" No.90. The nameplate in this is very indistinct.
--- In LRRSA@yahoogroups. com.au, richard horne <rthorne475@ ...> wrote:
me by John Buckland many years ago. While the plate is not all that
clear, it can be clearly seen that it is nothing like the plate
presently on the loco.
is in capitals but the letters 'IR' of 'SIR' are about half the height
of the other letters.
and G being about half an inch taller than the remainder. Bottom of
all letters on same level. The letters are simple, non-serrif, quite
thin lines and not as compressed as on the present plate.
* The letters are darker than the plate, so presumably etched orcut into the brass and painted black (or similar) (as was the name
'JOHN BENN' in the well-known photo of that loco (Hainault 861/1886).
sheet). Rather there is an etched perimeter line, dark coloured, set
about half an inch in from the edge of the plate.
* The four fixing bolts (dome headed) are at the extreme corners ofthe plate.I trust that this is of some help.