Here is the People’s Republic of Puget (known the rest of the country as Washington State), we have something similar. Specialty plates cost a bundle, even the veteran plates. THAT irritates the heck out of me as I have to pay a lot of extra money if I want an Army plate, even though I served. I don’t expect to get one at a discount or for free, but I don’t think I should have to pay an extra $72.75 for one if I can prove I’ve served. Vanity plates will cost you $84.75. This why, I guess,...
A couple of weeks ago, I passed a car with the Massachusetts vanity license plate "MAGLEV". It was near Lexington heading toward Boston, and I was intrigued at the thought of what the owner might have done for a living. An Engineering prof, perhaps? I realize that few people pay the outrageous fees for vanity plates these days but have any of you seen any real train-related plates that you remember? Seeing this one made my day! Tomlinson Run Railroad
I have a plate that reads PRR T1 here in PA. Some think that it is actually "Pretty One" since the car is quite pretty. Over the years a couple guys have come up to me to talk about the T1,my favorite steam engine.....a real bonus. Norm
Pennsylvania offers a train license plate which depicts Griff Teller's painting of the Broadway Limited flying through central PA. I've had one for several years and just transferred it to my new car!!!
Great story, Lee (as always :-). Norm, nice plate! Anything with PRR in it works for me. For the fun of it, I just entered a few RR names in the vanity plate Search box at the Mass. Registry of Motor Vehicles. Somebody is driving around with: Amtrak, PRR, and NYC ... But RRFAN is available. (We only have 6 characters and no punctuation.) TRRR <-- Hey, that would fit.
I don't personally recall seeing many RR related vanity plates in Mass, if at all. I have a set of non-RR Mass vanity plates for an older car and they do have to be renewed every year and are expensive. Due to the electronic/photographic tolling in Mass, the RMV is cracking down this year on older plates that the system allegedly can't pick up. My wife had a rare Mass green number plate for the past 25+ years (rear only) that had to be replaced with the new red number (front and rear) plates...
My long-time friend, Stan Kistler, has custom license plates that read MR ATSF. And he certainly is. I thought about using a railroad theme on my own plates, but they said "Santa Fe All the Way" was too long.
I have non-RR vanity plates that I got years ago to promote my short-lived technical writing business. They are now $80 each year in Mass. and have become rare as a result. My mechanic says my ancient plates won't pass the next inspection, so tack on another fee to have the plates restamped ... it may be the last set for me.
I guessed right....magnetic levitation..and...it is no longer science fiction in comic books. I have seen that Broadway Limited plate. Wonder how many sheckles it demands? I give thanks my home state and this one's voters got rid of idiot inspections, revenue raising ripoffs. But what about states out of the ultratax belt? Some vanity plates must be cheap, as they don't seem uncommon.
That's a great plate and VERY reasonable charge. I'd get one for that amount in a heartbeat, especially as I've seen and ridden 611 back in the 80s and 90s... I wish WA state could take a page from the VA playbook (WA is home of the highest gas and sales taxes in the country).
in calif they came out with a 1960 legacy plate that is $50 to order and only $40 additional a year to renew . you can get personalized or regular for the same. other plats are more. I got one that says something for train fun https://www.dmv.ca.gov/wasapp/ipp2/initPers.do
Here's mine (less month and year stickers). I'm a fan of the N&W and of the 611 J engine especially. Virginia only charges $10 extra for the special plate and another $10 for the personalized letters (I can't tell you how many times people have come up to me to ask if I'm from Trinidad). Dean
I made it better: Anyway, PA has done some train plates, I've only seen them with the K4 and it says preserve history (I think). If they haven't discontinued them, I hope I can get one when I become of driving age - and own a car.
Here's a rather long video (9 min.) but it showcases the available digital license plate customizations ... If you spend $1000 on a model engine, what's another thousand to advertise it on your truck or car? :-). Oh, and the presenter claims the front glass is "bullet proof": https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=7STn_OgU0do TRRR
Good choices everyone! I must confess when I recently had to get new vanity plates to pass inspection, I opted for my old standby initials. Have any of you seen the new digital license plates? There are newer articles and videos available, but I had this link handy: https://www.smithsonianmag.com...us-fuming-180971093/ About 8 states will have them in the future. In theory, not only can you have a train-themed plate tag, but while your vehicle is parked, you could display a photo of your...
Texas is quite reasonable on custom license plates, and it offers a very large number of plate designs. The plate design costs $25 extra and the custom letters/numbers cost $40 extra. This is on top of the $60 annual fee for the registration. All Texas plates are automatically renewed every three or four years at no extra cost, to keep the reflective surface and the holograms (in the Scotchlite) in good condition. I have a God Bless Texas plate with a Lone Star Flag and custom lettering...
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