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Railroad themed license plates..
Posted by MarknLisa on Wednesday, May 03, 2017 5:06 PM

What railroad themed licensed plates do you own, have you seen or heard of? Today in downtown Minneapolis I saw a black Telsa with Wisconsin plates: FE EQUUS 

 

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Posted by Semper Vaporo on Wednesday, May 03, 2017 6:29 PM

Semper Vaporo

Pkgs.

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Posted by tree68 on Wednesday, May 03, 2017 9:06 PM

A friend has "NW611".

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Posted by jeffhergert on Wednesday, May 03, 2017 10:37 PM

I see a few of these Nebraska specialty plates in my travels around Fremont/Omaha/Council Bluffs.

http://www.up.com/aboutup/community/license_plate/

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Posted by SALfan on Wednesday, May 03, 2017 10:43 PM

Virginia used to have a specialty plate with the N&W 611 on it.  The 611 is Virginia's Official State Steam Locomotive, or some such title.  Was tempted to get one those plates when we lived there, but never did.

 

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Posted by CSSHEGEWISCH on Thursday, May 04, 2017 7:05 AM

I drive around with "IHB 2920" on my Honda.

The daily commute is part of everyday life but I get two rides a day out of it. Paul
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Posted by jeffhergert on Thursday, May 04, 2017 8:49 AM

Some of my co-workers have railroad plates, but maybe not as obvious to most.

One has "MZ ENGR" on her vehicle.  One guy has "Unstoppable" (shortened to the maximum number of characters Iowa allows) which while referencing the movie, is actually due to an incident a few years ago.

One guy has "Kick Em" on his truck. The railroad relevance is probably more obvious to Ed, Zug and other working/retired rails on here.

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Posted by Bruce Kelly on Thursday, May 04, 2017 11:01 AM

The late Jim Boyd, editor of Railfan & Railroad magazine, had NJ plates that read "RAILFAN." (R&R originated as Railfan magazine, later becoming R&R after absorbing Railroad magazine.)

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Posted by Norm48327 on Thursday, May 04, 2017 11:03 AM

My plate is simply the four letters denoting a western class I. Most people in Michigan don't have a clue.

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Posted by BaltACD on Thursday, May 04, 2017 3:35 PM

Former co-worker has 'TRN DSPR'

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Posted by Paul_D_North_Jr on Thursday, May 04, 2017 4:15 PM

The Pennsylvania "Preserve Our Heritage" series of license plates has what looks like a Grif Teller painting of a PRR (note the Keystone-shaped number plate in the middle of the smokebox) rushing toward the viewer on a triple (or more ?) track main line.  The plate numbers all start with "RR" as in "RR XXX" (see image below):   

http://www.dmv.pa.gov/VEHICLE-SERVICES/Registration%20Plates/Special-Fund/PublishingImages/Preserve%20Our%20Heritage.jpg 

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Posted by Shadow the Cats owner on Thursday, May 04, 2017 4:24 PM

My husband had when he was single ATSF 199 in IL in reference to one of their hottest TOFC trains when he was growing up. 

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Posted by zugmann on Thursday, May 04, 2017 6:07 PM

Paul_D_North_Jr
The Pennsylvania "Preserve Our Heritage" series of license plates has what looks like a Grif Teller painting of a PRR (note the Keystone-shaped number plate in the middle of the smokebox) rushing toward the viewer on a triple (or more ?) track main line. The plate numbers all start with "RR" as in "RR XXX" (see image below):

Was never a fan of them.  But I was never a Grif Teller fan, either.  Just not into his style of artwork.

My license plate is a combination of letters and numbers.  Although my front license plate has a cartoon on it (shocking, huh?)

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Posted by ATSFGuy on Thursday, May 04, 2017 6:37 PM

Where can you find a railroad themed license plate?

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Posted by NKP guy on Thursday, May 04, 2017 7:51 PM

ATSFGuy
Where can you find a railroad themed license plate?

 

   Probably all states sell vanity license plates, because that's what we're talking about.  I envy Pennsylvanians who apparently have a Grif Teller painting available to them.

   Go to your state's BMV website and investigate.  I've often thought of ordering NKP RR or ERIE RR or NKP 765 or even NYCSTL, but my current vanity plate is already something else.

   So spend a few extra dollars and enjoy yourself. 

   How about NO HUNTR or POOR CSX ?

   

 

 

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Posted by zugmann on Thursday, May 04, 2017 8:05 PM

NKP guy
Probably all states sell vanity license plates, because that's what we're talking about. I envy Pennsylvanians who apparently have a Grif Teller painting available to them.

Virgina has a 611 plate.  They sell them as souveniers to hang on your wall if you want. https://www.dmv.virginia.gov/vehicles/#splates/info.asp?idnm=JLOC

 

Maybe you can a Grif Teller one from PA as well.  I can't find a link to do so, though.

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Posted by Paul_D_North_Jr on Thursday, May 04, 2017 9:02 PM

This is a link, but I doubt if you can acquire a plate without owning a PA registered vehicle - though you could contact that PennDOT unit and ask:

http://www.dmv.org/pa-pennsylvania/apply-for-special-license-plates.php 

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Posted by spsffan on Friday, May 05, 2017 1:19 PM

I used to have SPSFFAN meaning Southern Pacific Santa Fe Fan. That one went to the junk yard with my 91 Jeep Cherokee and I didn't want to keep paying for it at the time. 

Some years later, when buying a new car, I found that I couldn't get that back, as it was listed as taken by the DMV (probably by me, but who knows). So now I have SPSFMAN. I wash the new car by hand, but back with the old one, the guy at the carwash would always say, " Hi Sports Fan!" I let it go. 

Cheers, 

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Posted by usmc1401 on Friday, May 05, 2017 7:30 PM

In San Luis Obispo CA saw ALCO 251 about twenty five years ago.

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Posted by GERALD A EDGAR on Monday, May 08, 2017 3:48 PM

At our BRHS meets there are always some mbrs with plates relating to the Burlington.  Either NH or VT is the only state to allow use of an '&' (or so I was told) & a mbr has CB&Q on his plate; others use CBQ, Zephyr, etc.

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Posted by Wake_Hoagland on Monday, May 08, 2017 5:13 PM

The image is the 1928 Grif Teller calendar painting "When the Broad Way Meets the Dawn", which was the first calendar painting Teller did for the PRR. He went on to paint 27 out of the total 33 scenes for PRR calendars. The original oil painting now belongs to the Railroad Museum of Pa., which is how the image got to be selected for license-plate usage. The scene shows the eastbound Broadway Limited meeting the first rays of a sunrise in the Juniata Valley west of Harrisburg, Pa., on the PRR's four-track Middle Division main line. A portion of the extra fees motorists pay for these specialty plates goes toward state historic preservation programs, though not specifically earmarked for the RMofPa.    

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Posted by SPdave on Monday, May 08, 2017 11:26 PM

SP Passenger Train Historian and firend Jeff Cauthen had SP 27, the number of his favorite SP train the Overland

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Posted by smph50 on Tuesday, May 09, 2017 5:43 AM

For over 20 years and three different trucks my New York plates read "PRR 4483"

I'm a life member of the WNYRHS, owner of the last I1sa Decapod.

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Posted by Sunnyland on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 11:35 AM

very interesting, I have not seen any, but I don't drive far from my neighborhood, I'll have to look when I'm traveling with friends who do highways or on road trips. 

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Posted by tree68 on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 12:34 PM

Sunnyland
very interesting, I have not seen any, but I don't drive far from my neighborhood, I'll have to look when I'm traveling with friends who do highways or on road trips. 

You might have, and did not realize it.  F'rinstance, "8223NYC" or "NYC999" or even "BLINER" might not be significant to you, but I'd pick up on them immediately.

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Posted by fordv10 on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 1:47 PM

My plates are SD 90 on Illinois route 66 plates.

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Posted by SRQ Sid on Monday, May 15, 2017 9:38 PM

Since "TRAIN" was taken in Massachusetts, I had "TRAIN1" for years. Lost it when I became a Florida resident. Sniff.

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Posted by Southwest Chief on Monday, May 15, 2017 11:09 PM

Here's mine (For Amtrak train #3...the westbound Southwest Chief):

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Posted by dmitzel on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 1:12 PM

Bruce Kelly

The late Jim Boyd, editor of Railfan & Railroad magazine, had NJ plates that read "RAILFAN." (R&R originated as Railfan magazine, later becoming R&R after absorbing Railroad magazine.)

 

 

I'm not in NJ but have the Great Lakes State covered.

Helps let the authorities know I'm not a threat when trackside.

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Posted by PETER H ORMSON on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 9:09 PM

NM offers a Cumbres & Toltec plate with a very well done silouette of a locomotive and consist along the bottom

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