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From the very early days of locomotive use in the UK, it made sense to allocate a reference number to every locomotive. All locomotives were housed at motive power depots and each had its own inventory of those locos. The designated numbers of these locos were used to determine the utilisation on freight, local and express trains. Shed staff needed to keep track of which locos were where, works visits needed the same and ultimately disposal details were required. Although not alone, the Great Western Railway were the stalwarts when it came to fixing numbers on loco cabsides. Made from either brass or cast iron, they were affixed on the outside of both sides of the cab. Most companies simply painted the numbers and when nationalisation occurred in 1948 and re-numbering was carried out, ex GWR locos retained their numbering system along with their cabside numberplates, the other regions simply used paint. Later on some Diesel and Electric locomotives also adopted Cabside Numberplates most famously the Western Region Hydraulics. 

560 REPLICA CABSIDE 7007. Cast at Swindon works. Unpainted. REPLICA CABSIDE 7007. Cast at Swindon works. Unpainted. Auction: October 2019 Sold for: £50
559 REPLICA CABSIDE 6003. Cast at Swindon works. REPLICA CABSIDE 6003. Cast at Swindon works. Auction: October 2019 Sold for: £110
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