That was me as a youngster too... For old times sake I still occasionally grab an LNER carriage label at journeys end. Well they'll just end up in the recycling otherwise... I'll miss these when the final MK4s and HSTs are pensioned offModus Operandi in the 80s was to board the train with the other passengers,grab a window label from the offside door and then nonchalantly step back out as if you'd just helped your gran on. Some trains also had the headcode stickers which were also fair game if the guard was not in his van. Of course now as a mature 40something I realise that stealing is wrong
Prized stickers were the yellow ones off named expresses like the Golden Hind or pictorial ones like the Nightrider featuring a sort of highwayman figure. Those featuring now closed stations like Tiverton Junction are collectable.
True. Stamp collectors, though, acquire stamps that aren't just those on letters they send or receive. Is that comparable? Ultimately, people can collect/hoard whatever takes their fancy!The trouble with collecting pristine or unused labels is that they have no history. Whilst you may have a last GWR HST label you purchased off the internet for example,unless you were there then it has no memory. When out bashing at least you had been on the service you'd swiped the label off.
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/LNER-Int...e=STRK:MEBIDX:IT&_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649It looks like LNER produced special labels for the final HST services. These have now hit eBay and bidding has already gone rather high...
EDIT: I can't link to these but if you type 'LNER window carriage labels' into eBay, you'll find them
I can confirm that First did them for the splitter services, Not sure if Abellio continuedDo Scotrail still do labels for WHL services?
That's exactly what I did in my last few years of GWR HSTs, including signing then when I was the Guard!When I collected these things, years ago, I would always write on them the traction and the full rake of carriages.
That level of detail proved extremely popular when I eventually sold the lot a few years ago due to lack of space.
Thanks for that - I see they're up to £100!https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/LNER-Inter-City-125-HST-Farewell-Window-Labels-Full-set-of-4/223806859905?ssPageName=STRK:MEBIDX:IT&_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649
sorted for you
I can confirm that First did them for the splitter services, Not sure if Abellio continued
Quite a few of my labels have been acquired on journeys I've undertaken. I was having a look through some of my collection today and two that stand out are these Intercity Holidaymaker labels from a Saturday only service from Birmingham New Street to Ramsgate and return in 1995. I remember dragging my dad along (now sadly no longer with us) on a loco hauled Mk.2 set purely to nab these Summer Saturday only labels. Getting a set before they'd been stuck on a window was an added bonus too!The trouble with collecting pristine or unused labels is that they have no history. Whilst you may have a last GWR HST label you purchased off the internet for example,unless you were there then it has no memory. When out bashing at least you had been on the service you'd swiped the label off.
Thank you! I did wonder if it was something like that. I can't say I recall travelling on a Cross Country service where this was an option but then privatisation and Virgin Cross Country were just around the corner so it would've been fairly short lived.It was a Cross Country routes equivalent to the Silver standard that was on the London routes, if my memory serves me correctly.
It only shows destinations (other than the origin), and the Riviera is now pick up only (up) and set down only (down) at those stations.I am surprised not to see Plymouth on there or any of the intermediate Cornwall stations. Is there any particular reason for those omissions?