N&W Builders plates

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Tue Nov 26 10:00:02 EST 2013

What a great photo though, thanks.

Mike Weeks
Seattle WA

On Mon, Nov 25, 2013 at 12:52 PM, NW Mailing List
<nw-mailing-list at nwhs.org>wrote:

> Forgive me, but I was going and cleaning out old emails today, and saw

> this one. A really late comment here, to follow up on Ron's comment. His

> speculation may well be correct on it being a replacement plate. A look at

> the fairly common photo of the 2130 under the coal wharf at Bluefield on

> February 10, 1953 shows no builder's plate on the engineer's side.


> I don't know if Jim has cleaned his plate up and polished it or not. I

> have the number plate from 2130 and it is indeed bronze. However, probably

> about 25 years ago, I acquired a Class A plate, I forget which right now,

> but it was one of the roller bearing As. The person I got it from was the

> original source and it was untouched. It was filthy and really cruddy. Of

> course, now I wish I had left it alone. But as I was scraping on it, it

> looked for all the world like cast iron, and scratching on the back was

> revealing nothing but a silver/gray color. It was I worked on it with a

> wire wheel. It looked silver all the way, until I finally broke through the

> last layer and bronze appeared. It was coated with many, many coats of

> graphite, and I would have bet that it was cast iron until that point. I

> did think and take a few pictures of it half cleaned, so it is still

> verifiable.


> Ken Miller


> On Aug 14, 2013, at 2:04 PM, NW Mailing List wrote:


> Jim - Some of the N&W locomotives built during WWII had cast iron

> plates. I have a cast iron A plate in my personal collection. I had never

> seen a Y, but it is completely possible. Maybe a new plate was cast up

> during WWII, OR maybe iron was hot that day and they just poured what they

> had available. After collecting since 1963, I have seen a little bit of

> everything over the years!



> Ron Muldowney


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> I have one Y6a builder's plate from no. 2130 which is iron, not brass.

> I bought it at the scrapper in Cincinnati in 1959 or 1960 and he cut

> it off the engine and handed it to me. The price was $ 5.00. The

> builder's number is 286 and the date is May, 1938. Does anyone know

> why this plate is cast iron instead of brass?


> -Jim Herron



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