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Diesel Builder's Plates

September 1st, 2002

Back in the old days every steam, electric, or diesel locomotive had a metal builder's plate affixed to it by the manufacturer before it left the factory. The builder's plate presented the name of the manufacturer, the locomotive construction number, the construction date, and sometimes other data. Older builder's plates were heavy and quite ornamental. Today, some manufacturers use a plain adhesive decal instead. All items from the collection of Marc Frattasio.

Alco-GE S-2
Here we have an Alco-GE builder's plate from a New Haven S-2 (DEY-5) switcher. This builder's plate is made of cast steel and features heavy raised lettering. The builder's plates on some early New Haven S-1s and DL-109s were made of brass. Immediate postwar Alco-GE diesels such as PAs, FAs, FBs, S-1s, RS-1s, RS-2s, and RS-3s had similar builder's plates made of cast steel or cast iron that differed only in having a different style Alco logo on the left side. Note, I have a spare New Haven S-2 builder's plate that's available for trade for something from the New Haven of equal value that I do not already have. Hint, I can use one of the later style NHRR Alco-GE plates!

Here we have a Fairbanks-Morse builder's plate from an early New Haven H-16-44 (DERS-3) road-switcher. The New Haven's early FM H-16-44s and CPA-24-5 (C-Liner) locomotives were fitted with heavy cast brass builder's plates like the one shown above. The later New Haven FMs, such as the 1600 series H-16-44s and the P-12-42 Talgo power units were fitted with cheaper builder's plates made of stamped sheet steel.

All of the New Haven's Electro-Motive Division (GM - EMD) locomotives, the GP-9s, SW-1200s, and FL-9s, were fitted with this "hot dog" style builder's plate, which was made of stamped sheet metal. This builder's plate came off one of the New Haven's thirty GP-9 (DERS-4) units. Note, I have an extra builder's plate from a New Haven GP-9 that's available for trade for something from the New Haven that I haven't already got. Hint, I can use a builder's plate from an FL-9!

GE U-25B
The New Haven's GE U-25B (DERS-7) locomotives were fitted with cast aluminum builder's plates such as the example shown above. The U-25Bs were the last locomotives purchased by the New Haven Railroad before it was absorbed by the Penn Central effective January 1st 1969.


August 2002: Odds and Ends #5

July 2002: Odds and Ends #4

June 2002: Odds and Ends #3

May 2002: Odds and Ends #2

April 2002: New Haven R.R. Travel Bags

March 2002: Cost Saving Fare Promotions

February 2002: Odds and Ends #1

January 2002: Ladies' Day

December 2001: New Haven R.R. Locks

November 2001: The Streamlined Coaches

October 2001: The Comet

September 2001: Seashore Tours

August 2001: John Held, Jr. and the New Haven R.R.

July 2001: The East Wind

June 2001: The Rail-Auto Travel Plan

May 2001: Advertising Stickers

April 2001: Dietz Hand Lanterns

February 2001: Right of Way Signs

January 2001: Signal Lamps

December 2000: TDI Commuter Schedules

November 2000: To Florida on the New Haven Railroad!

October 2000: Local Schedules

September 2000: Train Service Cancellation Posters

August 2000: The New Haven Railroad Rail Charge Card

July 2000: Beverage Service!

June 2000: The Boat Race Trains

May 2000: Timetable Change Posters

April 2000: New Haven Railroad Station Signs

March 2000: The Key to New England

February 2000: Route 128 Station

January 2000: New Haven Railroad Cigarette Lighters

December 1999: The Dan'l Webster

November 1999: Postwar Travel Posters

October 1999: Modern Dining Car China

September 1999: New Haven Railroad Dining Car Service Pins

August 1999: New Haven Railroad Lapel Pins

July 1999: The 1939 New York World's Fair -- 60th Anniversary

June 1999: On-Train Ashtrays

April 1999: Matchbooks

March 1999: Pilgrim Tours

February 1999: Special Trains of the 1950s and 1960s

January 1999: Ticket Envelopes

December 1998: Holiday Advertising Material

November 1998: New York City Travel Advertising Material

October 1998: Boston Travel Advertising Material

September 1998: The Hurricane of 1938 -- 60th Anniversary

July 1998: The New Haven Goes Back to Cape Cod

June 1998: The 1964/1965 New York World's Fair

May 1998: Official Gifts of the McGinnis Era

April 1998: System Timetables

March 1998: Pre-War Advertising Brochures

February 1998: New Haven Railroad Freight Service Advertising from the 1950s and 1960s

January 1998: The Snow Trains

December 1997: Hotel Montclair Advertisement ca. 1939

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