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Famous named train services often picked up their titles informally before railway companies referred to them officially or later still decorated them with headboards. The Irish Mail had been known as such since about 1850 but didn't sport a headboard until 1951. This guide details all the named trains that ran with headboards, exploring the different materials, shapes and styles of the boards from the first example of 1912 to the last in the 1980s. Slightly off-mint.