Having been out of the railwayana collecting circle for about 15 years decided to get back into it a year ago. Loco nameplates always pricey but at most auctions you could pick up a shed plate at a reasonable price until now. What's happened? The prices seem to have got silly with even a common number getting over £100. I have to say I won't touch them as they, in my mind, are too easily replicated even in cast iron. Most at auction are advertised as Ex loco but distressed paintwork is easily replicated. On a similar note in the late 70s or early 80s Collectors Corner, I think, had a shop at Steamtown Carnforth. I bought a 1D shedplate for about £1 and there were others available. Next to the genuine plates? was, if my memory serves me correctly, a box of newly cast plates probably made at the local foundry. Can anyone else remember this or is my memory failing me? I would assume the plates would have been cast to raise funds for one of the Loco restorations if I am not mistaken. Any views on this?