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Railway companies loved heraldic devices because they thought it gave them gravitas (though according to this website only a very few, the BTC’s included, were officially registered with the College of Arms). What the BTC and British Railways thought they were doing by having a Modernisation Plan to deliver a railway for the future at the same time as introducing a crest for trains that looked more Mediæval than anything else, I have absolutely no idea. Even at the time of its launch, some contemporary commentators expressed concerns that the lion and wheel hardly exemplified the modern company British Railways was seeking to become.

The lion and wheel was, according to the BTC, a “demi-lion rampant (the British lion) holding between the paws a silver locomotive wheel. The lion is issuant from a heraldic crown of gold on which are arranged the rose (for England), the thistle (for Scotland), the leek (for Wales) and the oak leaf (for all Great Britain)”.

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