Re: Trust Plates


This photo shows a trust plate used as late as 11/51, which is relatively late for most of us. Stenciled equipment trust plates must have been more common later.

The photo raises a question. The car was new 11/51. On the upper right hand side of the car, it's lettered that a new roof was applied 11/51. What's the purpose or significance of this lettering?
Arved Grass
Fleming Island, Florida

From: "Tony Thompson tony@... [STMFC]"
To: STMFC@...
Sent: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 4:48 PM
Subject: Re: [STMFC] Trust Plates

I think the painted trust info was a later development. Originally, trust information was found on cast metal plates that were riveted onto the car side.
      On both SP and PFE, they were bolted, not riveted. Of course it would look the same on a model.

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