Or, as happened in this case, one of the people at Eastleigh decided to retain the number for sentimental reasons and put it on the wall in the messroom. BTW if you look closely you can see that they are painted onto the body and not screwed on .
No theft involved and its surely better than it being chewed up?
I do sincerely hope the plates from inside the cabs are removed before scrapping!
Whatever happened to the plates originally in the saloons like on 67ts.When I looked into 6036 (from the outside) last Autumn, it had a a silver plate with red writing displaying '6036' above the inter-car doors.