Y2 Builder Plates

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Tue Feb 27 14:58:54 EST 2018


      I am going to  teach you someday how to paint plate backgrounds. It’s a five minute job.   That being said it’s clear in builder photos that the backgrounds were painted at least for the photo after that I think they were just sloped over with graphite . Serval of my plates came to me just as they came off the locomotive  and where covered in 1/8 in or more of graphite.  The secret of painting them  lacquer thinner and a rag


Larry Evans


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Subject: RE: Y2 Builder Plates


Question from a simple-minded old brakezman...


When a new engine was outshopped, was the background of the plate "painted-in" ?  Or is the painting of the backgrounds a collector's display technique?


What brings the question to mind is that the Y6 builder's plate which resides somewhat near-at-hand shows no evidence of ever having had paint applied.


Having cleaned up and painted a number of cast iron signs with raised lettering, I can testify that the job of a time-intensive one (if done right.)  It is hard to imagine a frugal pike like the N&W having a man spend a day painting in the background on a builder's plate, knowing that in two weeks the whole thing would be caked in soot anyway.


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