|Here you will find a run of Tasmanian passenger cars. The differences between the various year-plates is sometimes difficult to establish. Look for instance at plate A2933 and N3257 The first one is a 1940 and the second one a 1950. Both are made of alluminum, and the (slight) difference can only be seen from the rims. The 1934-1940 series has flattened rims, whereas the 1946-1953 series has rounded rims. Again, the differences are minor and difficult to tell.
The plates were made of alluminium in the years 1931-1940 and 1946-1953. Steel plates were issued in 1940-1947. This means that in 1940,1946 and 1947 both steel and alluminium plates were issued. The difference between steel and alluminium plates can easily be seen below, as the steel ones are showing much more wear.
Pre 1931 : Steel, all hand painted
1931-1933 : Alluminium TC1 - TC3
1934-1940 : Alluminium with flattened rims
1940 : Also in steel
1941-1947 : Steel
1946-1953 : Alluminium with rounded rims
The first number indicated the year of issue (but f.i. 7 can be 1937 or 1947, depending on the type of rim).
The first letter indicated the month of expiry. A=January, C=February, E=March, H=April, J=May, L=June, N=July, R=August, S=September, T=October, V=November, X=December).
All above information was obtained from Bill Cammack in Australia, from whom I also purchased the platerun till 1953.
TAS Passenger run