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Passenger Car Monogram Plates

January 1st, 2008

Every passenger car obtained by the New Haven from Pullman-Standard during the postwar era came equipped with 24.5 inch square stainless steel monogram plates carrying the railroad's insignia. Most cars had four of these plates, one centered above each truck, two per side. The exceptions were cars equipped with baggage compartments, which had only one monogram plate per side. These examples of New Haven Railroad passenger car monogram plates are from the collection of Marc Frattasio.

Original Script Monogram All of the streamlined passenger cars delivered to the New Haven by Pullman-Standard during the postwar era, as well as the NH's four "Washboard" electric MU club cars, were fitted with stainless steel monogram plates that featured the railroad's traditional script monogram. Most cars had four of these plates, one centered over each truck, two plates per side. The exceptions were those cars that were fitted with a baggage compartment. Such cars had only two plates, one per side, mounted on the end opposite the baggage compartment. It is worth noting that the script monogram was actually etched into the surface of the stainless steel to help the paint adhere. As a result, you can still see the script monogram even on a plate that has had the paint scrubbed completely away. 
Most of the electric MU commuter cars obtained by the New Haven from Pullman-Standard during 1954 came equipped with monogram plates coated with reflective 3M Scotchlite. The exceptions, as indicated above, were the four electric MU club cars, which were fitted with bare stainless steel monogram plates. Although these Scotchlite monogram plates were originally silver in color, over time the adhesive tape-like plastic coating turned a yellowish shade, as seen on this example. MU Script Monogram
McGinnis NH During the summer of 1955 all of the New Haven's streamlined passenger cars were repainted in the McGinnis administration's then-new corporate color scheme. In the process, the monogram plates were repainted with the McGinnis administration's equally new NH logo. Each plate was removed from the car, flipped over (preserving the old script monogram!), and then the new NH logo was hand-applied using a brush. Each monogram plate was first given a coat of red-orange. When this was dry the NH logo was marked out using 2" masking tape and then a coat of black was applied.
For some reason a few cars received "reversed" NH logos. This may have been done during repaintings that took place in South Boston or New Haven around 1960. One car known for certain to have received this treatment was sleeping car Allyn's Point. Supposedly there were one or two others though no photos are known to exist. Any monogram plate with an NH logo can be considered to be somewhat rare. Many monogram plates with scripts have survived into the present day due to the fact that the older insignia was more-or-less protected due to the flipping operation that occurred in 1955. Penn Central, Amtrak, the MBTA, MTA, Metro North, and other ex-NHRR passenger car owners subsequently scrubbed off many of the exposed NH's over the years. Thus, fewer monogram plates can be found with NH logos than with the older script. Rare Variant NH


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November 2007: Passenger Traffic Training Course Textbook

October 2007: Porcelain Enamel Signage

September 2007: Joint Agency Freight Office Sign

August 2007: Script Herald Stencil

July 2007: Cash Fare Receipt

June 2007: Men of Maintenance Booklet

May 2007: Cash Refund Check

April 2007: Where's Harry? Boat Race Train Folder

March 2007: The Affair Upjohn

February 2007: Planned Progress Management Seminar Speech Transcript Book

January 2007: New Haven Railroad Lipstick Tissue

December 2006: Happy Holidays from the NHRHTA!

November 2006: New Haven Railroad Razor Blades!

October 2006: 10th Anniversary Broadway Show Train

September 2006: New Haven Industry on Parade

August 2006: Train Yourself to Relex

July 2006: Passenger Station Watering Can

June 2006: Providence Union Station Gate Signs

May 2006: Beverage Stands

April 2006: The Strawberry Special

March 2006: The Electric Locomotive Parade

February 2006: New Haven Union Station Gate Signs

January 2006: EF-3 Logo Plate

December 2005: Happy Holidays from the NHRHTA!

November 2005: Wall Calendars

October 2005: Step Boxes

September 2005: Birthday Cards from George Alpert

August 2005: Honorary Engineer Cards

July 2005: New Equipment Brochures #6

June 2005: New Equipment Brochures #5

May 2005: New Equipment Brochures #4

April 2005: New Equipment Brochures #3

March 2005: New Equipment Brochures #2

February 2005: New Equipment Brochures #1

January 2005: Happy Birthday to the NH Logo!

December 2004: Railroad Telephone Directories

November 2004: Dining Car Department Manuals

October 2004: New Haven Railroad Gate Signs

September 2004: Freight Station Signs

August 2004: Early Menu Covers

July 2004: Menu Covers of the 1930s Era

June 2004: Menu Covers of the 1940s Era

May 2004: The "Photomatic" Photo Machines

April 2004: Menu Covers of the 1960s Era

March 2004: Menu Covers of the 1950s Era

February 2004: Fun On The Train

January 2004: Travel Folders #7

December 2003: Travel Folders #6

November 2003: Travel Folders #5

October 2003: Travel Folders #4

September 2003: Travel Folders #3

August 2003: Travel Folders #2

July 2003: Travel Folders #1

June 2003: The Berkshire Line

May 2003: Small Rectangular Travel Folders

April 2003: Football Trains

March 2003: Children's Dining Car Menus

February 2003: Sleeping Car Service

January 2003: Odds and Ends #6

December 2002: Old Saybrook China

November 2002: Platinum Blue China

October 2002: Grill Car China

September 2002: Diesel Builder's Plates

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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