To further compliment Brian's post above with the handsome GM&Os
....and now for a completely different front end for Front End Friday
China Bank of Communications - 5 Yuan note from 1914
The bank was formed in 1908 for the expressed purpose of purchasing the Bejing-Hankou Railway from its Belgian owners and making it a Chinese railway system. The name of the bank is in English on the back of the bill. At the time one of the definitions of the word “communications” meant the connection of two places by a means of transportation. At some later point in time the bank could have changed its name to China Bank of Transportation to keep up with the evolving definition of the word "communication" but they didn't.
Up until sometime in the early 1930’s the notes were printed by the American Bank Note Company in New York and the use of an engraving of a front end view of a very obviously American style steam locomotive along with American style surroundings was something that appeared on several of the bank's currency denominations over the years. In the 1930’s a British firm won the contract for printing the Communications Bank bills and the steam locomotives on the currency transitioned from American outline to British.
A locomotive up on a flatcar! I never even imagined such a thing, and previous to seeing this photo from you, I certainly would not have modeled it on my layout! I never knew such a thing was possible. (And more than one such arrangement, no less!)
Awlawdee! How 'bout that for my learning something new!
Thanks for those links.
thanks for the info Rusty...
It's a beauty magoo...
Good evening, a meet at west side interlock.
Looks a little snowy on the west side...
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