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Details about  Cabside Numberplate: South African Railways SAR GMA Garratt locomotive No. 4167

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Cabside Numberplate: South African Railways SAR GMA Garratt locomotive No. 4167
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Type: Hardware Railwayana Company/ Era/ Region: Africa
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Locomotive Numberplate - SAR South African Railways

South African Railways bi-lingual (SAR/SAS) cabside numberplate from 3'6" gauge class GMA 4-8-2+2-8-4 Beyer-Garratt locomotive No. 4167. Built under licence by Henschel & Sohn (Kassel) - works number 29626/1958 - this was one of the final group to be ordered (SAR nos. 4161-70) - entering service as late as 17th July 1958. Only minor operating differences determine whether GMA or GMAM class - the coal and water capacities being increased when in mainline configuration - and switching between the two was a simple procedure in either direction. This series should have been delivered as type "GMA" but this plate shows residual signs of a final "M" having been removed - perhaps even at the works, where both types would have been in production in 1957/58. Face sympathetically repainted, otherwise in undamaged, "ex-loco" condition - cast brass, size 20¾" x 14¾" (52.7 x 37.3cm).

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The time has come to split up what must arguably be the largest collection of Southern African railwayana ever assembled. Now well beyond retirement age, space and other limitations have decreed that this collection - built up over more than forty years - must now pass to others, so they may obtain more enjoyment and satisfaction from their ownership of such heritage. Look out for numberplates, nameplates, builders' worksplates and whistles - from steam, diesel and electric locomotives - plus official publications, working timetables, General Manager's Reports, maps, photographs, tickets, etc., etc.

From our extensive archives, we will endeavour to provide photographs of locomotives identified with the material being offered - and any additional background information available.

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Items will be offered by auction - or through our eBay Shop on "Buy it Now" terms. A sensible (and fair) reserve price may be attached to some of the items BUT any reserve price will INCLUDE the p&p amount specified elsewhere (wherever you live for shipping purposes). When the final selling price exceeds the reserve, p&p will be deducted from the final invoice sent to a successful bidder/purchaser.

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From a large collection of fine transport material accumulated over many years that now needs to be reduced, due to space limitations. Other material will continue to be added to the Prorail UK shop on a regular basis, specially selected to enhance your collection.

Since there will be a steady flow of material on offer, it is suggested that you consider consolidating successful purchases to save on postage and packing charges. Successful purchases can be put aside for weekly/monthly billing and shipment. Regular customers can also benefit from repeat order discount.

Look out for other selections of books, magazines, photographic images (negatives & transparencies) and prints, postcards, tickets, timetables - and general railwayana, from this extensive source.

Further details can be obtained from the PRORAIL website

Each item will be carefully packed to ensure that it reaches you in the best possible condition. Please ignore automatic eBay acknowlegments and rather wait for our own invoice before making your payment, since additional purchases could qualify for free postage within the range of Royal Mail's price bands. Regular customers may opt to select 14 day or monthly billing, so that their purchases can be consolidated.

Within the UK, payments may be made by personal cheque or postal order - or by PayPal. Overseas bidders always welcome, where small items will be sent at an appropriate Airmail rate.

PAYPAL is the preferred payment method for overseas bidders. HOWEVER, due to recent experience of "chargebacks", it has been decided that the default option for overseas shipment must now cover full "tracking" - such as Royal Mail's "International Signed For" or "Airsure" services. Bidders known to us who use PayPal will be able to continue using economy rates but MUST AGREE TO ACCEPT ALL RISKS involved. Other payment methods are available within the Euro area and all existing arrangements will be honoured.

Postage & Packing is not just the price of a stamp. Postcards, tickets and negatives need care in wrapping and despatch, so it is not sensible to "economize" in that area. Such items are sent in a board-backed manila envelope, carefully inserted and properly sealed. And books are lovingly treated! Whether selling for 50p or £50, items are afforded the same care and attention. When all aspects of the service being offered are considered, we believe that the "p&p" costs quoted are fully justified. But discounts ARE still available for multiple purchases to be despatched at the same time. For example, three cards would be covered by the basic rate - with sliding scale thereafter based on the actual additional costs of postage and materials used. Purchases may be consolidated over several days (or even weeks) by mutual agreement, to take advantage of such savings. 

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