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Nameplate OTTAWA. The GWR 4-4-0 'Bulldog' Class Locomotive number 3461, built Swindon in February 1904 was withdrawn in October 1947and at this time, J.B. Thorn, the European Manager of Canadian National Railways, having read about the withdrawal in The GWR Magazine, suggested to the GWR that it might be treasured for Canada to have as a keepsake. Viscount Portal agreed and he instructed Swindon Works to mount Ottawa on a suitable plinth along with an engraved plaque for presentation purposes. Shipped to Canada on board the White Star Liner SS Asia and subsequently accepted by the Mayor of Ottawa in November 1948. The plate was eventually deemed 'unwanted' and given away, the recipient only wanting the walnut mounting board! The plate and presentation plaque were repatriated and are now available. The plate has no splasher and has rear, threaded bolts brazed in place for fitting to the walnut presentation board. The plaque also has brazed bolts on rear, interestingly, still retaining the original GWR nuts.

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Auction: May 2010 , Lot: 400
Sold for: £1,000
Nameplate OTTAWA. The GWR 4-4-0 'Bulldog' Class