Among the latest additions to the Chasewater Railway Museum Collection:
Horseshoe-shaped wagon plate
The latest wagon plate to be put on display in ChasewaterRailwayMuseum is an example of one of the horseshoe-shaped variety of the Thomas Burnett & Co. Ltd., Doncaster. The horseshoe shape was chosen by Burnett’s to reflect the importance of their base in Doncaster to the British horse racing scene.
Burnett’s were a well respected firm of wagon repairers with several repair depots.
In 1951 the Company merged into Wagon Repairs Ltd. and the name ‘Burnett’ vanished.
What are the height and width of this plate, please? It looks quite large.
Maybe not as large as it looks – 12″x 8″ I would guess. We are just starting to note the measurements of various items in the museum. Our first job was to list them as quickly as possible – now we must fill in more details.
I will check on this wagon plate over the weekend and get back to you.
One out of two right in my guess – it’s 8″x 8″ and weighs about 4 lbs.