Re: Trust Plates


I believe they were applied to both sides for the same reason that the reporting marks are on both sides. Normally, you only see one side of a car at a time, and, if it is in a train, it would be a pain to have to walk around the whole consist to find out who financed the car.


Quoting Anthony 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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