Re: Trust Plates

Anthony Thompson <thompson@...>

Denny Anspach wrote:
Understanding the reason for the application of Trust plates on locomotives, passenger and freight cars, what I do not know is whether these plates were applied in pairs (one on each side), or singly. On intuition and reason alone, I would not understand why any piece of equipment might need more than one piece of evidence as to its legal ownership . . .
I don't know the answer, Denny, but if they were singly applied, it is striking that EVERY builder and amateur photo of new cars on roads for which I have good coverage (of course, for classes with trust plates) shows a plate. But that could have varied from road to road, or from trust issuer to issuer.

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