Steve Sandifer wrote:
The change from A.T.& S.F to A.T.S.F. took place in 1938As Richard Hendrickson pointed out in the Santa Fe Painting and Lettering Guide, the first cars delivered to Santa Fe without periods were in June of 1943, presumably reflecting a change by the railroad. But cars delivered as late as February 1944 still had periods, likely builders who didn't get (or acted as if they didn't get) the message. This kind of observation can be made for lots of railroads, including cases with the Southern Pacific where builders were not following the railroad's own lettering spec seven years after a change. But for the present case, evidently the Santa Fe internally decided in 1943 to drop the periods.
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