CN Lines number boards
The Story of Brass Number Plates
2,856 Different Numbers Covering post-1928 Steam Locomotives
Probably the most visible feature on a finely detailed CNR steam locomotive is the number plate just below the headlight. The CN LINES SIG has made available a complete set of all the numbers used on engines between 1928 and the end of the steam era.
200 Series-HO Etched Brass
An order form is available at CNRHA Brass Products
Product #1 of 720 etched brass CNR steam locomotive number plates (696 numbered and 24 blanks) now fills in the holes in the overall numerical sequence of the three newer products. We have deleted the four X-10-a plates in our 200-1 product as we discovered these versions had a spacing problem between the numerals. That problem has been fixed in our new Product 200-2.
Product #2 of 720 etched brass CNR steam locomotive number plates. These sequentially cover all road numbers from #45 (a X-10-a subclass 4-6-4T) through the Newfoundland numbers, the 4-4-0's, the 2-6-0's, the 4-6-0's and many 2-8-0's (to #2494 from the N-2-b subclass). Those road numbers already included in our 200-1 product are not repeated..
Product #3 of 720 etched brass CNR steam locomotive number plates. These cover all road numbers sequentially from #2495 (also from the N-2-b subclass) through the rest of the 2-8-0's, the 2-8-2's, the 2-10-2's, and many 4-6-2's to #5139 from the J-4-e subclass. Earlier numbers are not repeated.
Product #4 of 720 etched brass CNR steam locomotive number plates These sequentially cover all the remaining road numbers from #5140 (also from the J-4-e subclass) through the rest of the 4-6-2's, the 4-6-4's, the 4-8-2's, the 4-8-4's, the 0-6-0's and, finally, the 0-8-0's (ending with #8448, a renumbered P-4-d). There are also number plates for the pioneer diesel locomotives from the 1930s. Earlier road numbers are not repeated.
All four of the preceding products, -1. –2, -3, -4.
100 (10 each digit, 1-0) brass, 15-inch raised cab numerals (wide style) most common to CNR’s Central & Atlantic Regions; and GTW.
100 (10 each digit, 1-0) 15-inch brass raised cab numerals (narrow style) most common to CNR’s Western Region, CV Railway, DW&P and Grand Trunk (NEL).
60 (6 each digit, 1-0) brass 12-inch raised running board numerals for CNR 5700, 6100 & 6400/GTW 6400 steam locos.
HO CNR/GTW design “open” cab kit in brass for 2-6-0’s, 2-8-0’s, S1 2-8-2’s, Ten-Wheelers and 4-6-2’s. Also used by CV Ry., DW&P and GT (NEL). Produced exclusively for CNSIG by M.L.W. Services
Sold out contact from MLW services www.mlwservices.ca
| 200-14 $4.00|
A cast brass sprue of 15 multi-pipe hangars for use on pipe-runs underneath steam locomotive running boards (while supplies last; these castings cannot be re-ordered)
A Not-So-Secret Painting Recipe
by John Morris
The objective is to pre-paint each sheet of 720 plates before using any individual plate(s). Prepping them this way will save time and aggravation later.