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I collect most types of railroadiana, but mostly relating to the Erie, Lackawanna, EL, PRR and B&O
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The SPTCO is Southern Pacific Transportation Company
The Southern Pacific RR Had 236 cab-forward locomotives. The one in the California State RR Museum is the only survivor.
Fortapache, Actually it is a K-5 Pacific (4-6-2) I didn't know until I researched that this streamlining predated the Hudson streamlining. After hearing the comments saying these looked like "upside d...
Hi, go to Trains.com and click on Classic Toy Trains (Be careful, they also have "CLASSIC TRAINS". You don't want that one) That will give you a forum chat. You have to subscribe to the website to pos...
I have a miniature steam machine shop, with the engine, machinery, line shaft and belts. Once you get yours running on steam they are really fun to run and enjoy.
That vehicle is a McKeen Motor Car, a gas mechanical self propelled railcar. They were not too successful and eventually a more reliable gas-electric technology took over. There are a couple preserved...
It was common for railroads to give away souvenirs to passengers, especially first class / sleeping car passengers. Amtrak still does. It also could be an item sold in lounge cars. The PRR sold sets o...
I have a friend in another country who rebuilds and restores. He has some incredibly beautiful examples.
Do you restore these watches or acquire them in working, refinished condition?
A beautiful watch
Did you see Phoebe Snow? She was floating around too. It was nice to see 759 out in the sunshine.
I have never seen one but I am only 1 person. Most likely promotional. Probably 1970s - mid 1980s judging by the logo. I just saw the one I think you saw. I think that guy is a big dreamer.
That is a supply bin from the Rock Island RR. It looks like the commissary would use it to load supplies on their dining cars . Would probably carried vegetables and other goodies. That is a great item!
Adams and Westlake (Adlake) is still very much in business and loves to help with lantern research. I would go to their website and send an email with a picture to them.
This could be a crossing gate lamp. Auto traffic would see the red lights to stop and the train would see nothing.
If you don't want that North Jersey Rapid Transit certificate I will gladly take it. I live next to the old right -of-way. As far as the stamp, that is probably a tax stamp to show that tax has been p...
I like finding items like this
Hi fortapache, you know the way press always sensationalizes things, especially train wrecks. You don't interview the millions that ride the NY Subway everyday without incident. You interview the one ...
Hi Fort Apache, that locomotive is on display at the Danbury Railroad Museum in Danbury, CT. Not only is it an ALCO FA-1, but the red/white "mating worms" logo was not too common.
This is a PCC Car (PCC= President's Conference Committee.) These cars were designed to replace older equipment. They were modern (like the buses at that time) and they only required 1 crewman. The ope...
There are many "Threshermens" groups around. These are steam tractor hobbyists and collectors. Rough & Tumble in PA comes to mind. Google Steam tractor groups. You can probably get more help from the...
Patented 1906 https://docs.google.com/viewer?url=patentimages.storage.googleapis.com/pdfs/USD37771.pdf
Hi, this is a Norfolk & Western Centennial Pattern plate. It may look like a souvenir but it was actually used in all N&W dining cars starting in 1938. Out of a 5 star rarity rating it is a 3, not ra...
It looks like a train order signal. They only had two lenses, one red and one yellow. If it was red the train had to stop and physically sign for orders (like registered mail) If it was yellow then th...
If you had any pieces that show the pattern of the china it could be determined from that. UP used about 20 different patterns of china over the years. That backstamp dates the china from 1927 - 1960....
These might be date tags from ties. Railroads would use "date nails" to mark when ties were installed. I am not aware of date tags, but they may very well exist. Are there any spike points on the bott...
I have a friend who owns an ex-Santa Fe diner that he runs charters with. He always calls us for dinner with a set of chimes. The passengers get a kick out of it.
It is Southern Railway. I'm not so sure about the syrup part however. Syrup is very messy and sticky. Usually a syrup pitcher has a permanently attached underplate to catch the drips. I would say it ...
Your best bet is to search ebay for similar items. These pieces were made by Reed & Barton, a manufacturer of quality hotel / restaurant ware. Fred Harvey ran railroad dining halls and hotels along th...
I had a key like this. I think the "PRR" may be a continuation of "CMStP&PRR". Was there any joint trackage between the 2 lines anywhere? Sometimes dual marked keys were used on areas of joint trackag...
Hi, I realized that I left the word "handle" out of my response and couldn't fix it. The lantern "handle" is called a bale. As for markings, they would usually be somewhere on the wide rim. Here is a ...
Hi, Does your lantern have a railroad name on it? Wooden or rubber handles often appear on railroads or street car lines where electric 3rd rails are present. This prevented the lantern holder from be...
This is Denver & Rio Grande Curecanti Pattern, which dates from about 1900. It is a middle range pattern as far as rarity is concerned. The railroad became Denver & Rio Grande "Western" about 1920. Th...
Hi, There is a Public Service Meter Reader badge right now on Ebay http://www.ebay.com/itm/Early-Jersey-City-New-Jersey-Public-Service-Electric-Gas-Badge-NJ-Badge-/222325362063?hash=item33c39fcd8f:g:...
Public Service could be the large NJ transportation company. They had an extensive trolley and bus system. They were (and still are) my power company here in northern NJ. Their power poles and transmi...
This link http://www.flarr.com/fgeicerc13114.jpg shows the icing of railroad refrigerator cars.
Refrigerator cars (reefers) carried perishable good like meat, fruit, vegetables, etc. These cars were iced up at huge ice houses. This key probably worked the locks on that facility. The ice for dini...
Valentino97--Thanks for the nice comments. I, too, always try to stop at local museums and historical societies. I have been an excursion / museum volunteer for over 30 years. I have never regretted a...
Some railroads can get pretty confusing. When the Erie merged with the Lackawanna, the first EL employee timetable was #61 (The last Erie was #60) A couple years later after the EL was in full swing t...
Number "24" is the issue of the timetable. It would be the current issue. Timetables, whether employee or public, would be issued every 6 months or so. This one replaced #23. This #24 would eventually...
This is Trend Pattern. It was used by the famous Harvey House chain of railroad station restaurants.
Adlake (Adams & Westlake) is still in business. Email them with some pix. Maybe they can help you, even with lenses.
They wouldn't be from a railroad tunnel. A traffic circle is my first thought, too.
Do you restore watches? I have a friend that restores these. They are true works of art. A beautiful collection!
Post pix of this on Railroadiana Online. ( http://www.railroadiana.org/) They can't give you an appraisal but there are some very knowledgeable people on that site who might be able to give you info a...
This is most likely a torch used for finding air leaks. Walk with it around the train and locomotive and any leaking air would put the flame out. Also used for lighting the engineer's cigar and other ...
I don't know about that. I have never taken it apart. However if you look closely there are holes in it that would allow for drainage.
LOUMANAL and Windwalker! Thanks for the help.
How does it work?
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