As the owner of the A4 Pacific locomotive, SIR NIGEL GRESLEY, the 'Sir
Nigel Gresley Locomotive Trust' has registered her nameplates as its trademark
with the Trademark Registry at the Intellectual Property Office. The registration number is 2376185
and is dated 22nd July 2005. It covers the nameplate with any background colour including the
The Trust wishes to stress that as a registered Charity all income from the sale of
merchandise featuring these nameplates goes directly towards the preservation and operation of its
famous locomotive and therefore it must be fair that those wishing to profit from the locomotive
support the Trust in its aims.
The following are examples where such a likeness might be used - models featuring
the nameplates, mouse mats, fridge magnets, jigsaw puzzles, mugs, computer software items, prints
and paper goods etc. This is not intended to be a definitive list.
Those wishing to make any commercial use of a likeness of the locomotive featuring
the nameplates, or who have done so since 22nd July 2005, are invited to contact the Commercial Department by email regarding a licence.
Usually permission will not be unreasonably withheld although ultimately the decision rests with
- Individuals making items for their personal use are exempt from these requirements.
- For small cottage industries a fee will not normally be expected, although some contribution
would be appreciated.
- Larger commercial operations will be expected to offer a fee of reasonable and realistic
proportions to the commercial value of the item.
Whilst there will be an initial period of grace to allow arrangements to be made,
after a reasonable period the Trust will enforce its rights against commercial undertakings
breaching its trademark rights, not only to fulfil its legal obligations but to maintain the
quality and value of its asset.
Organisations currently with permission to use our trademark and registered at the
Trademark Registry include Hornby Hobbies Ltd., Bachmann Industries Europe plc., Fox Transfers and
Buckingham Covers. A full list appears on the Links page of our website together with other Friends
of Sir Nigel Gresley.
The public is requested to consider carefully the purchase of any items which use
the Trust's trademark where there does not appear to be any licensing arrangement in force, and
may wish to alert the Trust to potential infringements.