When No. 4079 backed onto ‘The Great Western’ it carried three boards on the front but none was a conventional train nameboard. On the top lamp iron was a cast and elaborately painted GWR coat-of-arms, provided by the Western Region. Bolted to the smokebox door handles was the train reporting bracket, carrying the code ‘Z48’. Below that, on the centre lamp iron above the bufferbeam, was the ‘Ian Allan Railtour’ headboard. A driver’s nameplate was fitted on the cabside, the only time I ever saw these used. It was said that drivers did not normally use them as they did not wish passengers to be able to identify them in letters of complaint! The coaches had cant rail carriage boards with ‘The Great Western’ on one board and ‘Paddington to Plymouth’ on the other. They were white on maroon to match the coaches. However, of the seven coaches, only one BSO carried coaching stock roundels. This coach also had a silver-grey roof, indicating it had been to the paint shop more recently than the rest of the set. Western Region train reporting numbers (generally known as headcodes) are available from Precision Labels and Fox Transfers. The latter firm claims that its numbers are in the ‘correct font’ but on the special train at least two different typefaces were seen, the characters on No. 4079’s Old Oak Common boards were much more bold than those from Laira and Bath Road. With the unplanned change at Westbury, things went awry with the headboards. None were transferred from ‘Pendennis’ to Capel Dewi Hall. Instead, someone found the ‘Festiniog Railway Special’ headboard which was used on the annual Paddingtonporthmadog special for the society’s annual meeting. This was a piece of painted hardboard normally attached to the Ian Allan Railtour headboard when in use. It had presumably been stashed in the brake van and someone must have decided to use it, jamming it between No. 6999’s lamp iron and handrail. It was a miracle that it stayed in place on the ‘Hall’ at speed! No. 7025 received the Great Western and Ian Allan Railtour decorations, but not the train reporting numbers, presumably because these took time to attach to the smokebox door dart and time was pressing with a late-running train. Nos. 7029 and 5054 both carried the full complement of front end decoration, each depot supplying its own ‘Z48’.