This paper is a study of the steady state response of an orthotropic plate strip to a moving line load. The plate is of infinite length and subjected to initial in-plane stresses parallel and perpendicular to the edges. The solution is obtained on the basis of a thick plate theory which takes into account the effects of shear deformation and rotatory inertia. The critical speed of the load which brings about a resonance effect in the system is determined. Further, the bending moment in the plate is calculated for several values of the load speed and the initial stress parameters and shown graphically as a function of the space variable moving with the load.