Railroadiana Items In Your Collection

NJCJOE,  Very nice.  Those signals are new to me, so thanks for the link.  It would seem that they are mostly housing.  The semaphore (?) arm seems small in contrast. In fact, looking at your background, it looks small in general.  I wonder what their useful visibility was like "in the wild". DO you know where it was used?

Interesting find; nice restoration. 

TRRR

I don't know where this particular one came from. It is a smaller type signal, approximately 12" across. Since they were used for motor car signalling, the size was adequate. Motor cars were slow moving with personnel close to the ground. 

Joe

 

How about some CNJ items.

First three CRR of NJ lanterns with marked globes, two cast and one etched.

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Here is a with hat with a CNJ Deckhand badge.

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Next a couple of CRR of NJ uniform buttons.

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Next is a Jersey Central mail handler badge.

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The last item is a brochure for the Blue Comet.

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Joe

 

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I have a Railroad Jack, I guess they were used to get track back to gauge? My dad used a larger one to jack up our cars & trucks when he was working on them. Mine is slightly smaller than that one. We were at a warehouse clearing out sale and I saw it and remarked to my girlfriend about dad having one. She bought it for me! It was only $45.00 and shows use. We used to have rail traffic here in Alameda and a rail yard, so this might be from the area. It has a slight bend on the base, showing it was well used. I have to clean it up and give it a good greasing. I also have some SP In house  magazines from the 1940's and Misc items.

Here is an old IRT (platform pillar) single-sided subway sign, circa 1910, probably from IRT W.34th Street - PENN.  STA., manufactured by LD Nelke.

Detective work provided by the great Joe Frank, fellow Mt. St. Michael (Bronx high school) graduate. I picked up the subway sign from the White Plains (NY) Toy & Train Show back in January. The best $45 I ever spent. 

Tom 

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NJCJOE posted:

How about some CNJ items.

First three CRR of NJ lanterns with marked globes, two cast and one etched.

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Here is a with hat with a CNJ Deckhand badge.

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Next a couple of CRR of NJ uniform buttons.

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Here are some early CNJ passes (1894-1907).20161220_065108

 

Next is a Jersey Central mail handler badge.

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The last item is a brochure for the Blue Comet.

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Nice stuff, Joe--especially the lanterns and Blue Comet photos!

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I've always like these block signal indicators. Even though it is English and I don't usually collect foreign railroadiana, I just think is has a neat look so I decided to get one. Haven't decided if I want to completely restore it or leave it as is.

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Joe

 

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Bangor & Aroostook engineer's cap                              CNJ lantern--hard to see, but "CRRNJ" is etched on the glass

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NYC lantern--"NYCRR" cast in the glass                          Switch lantern

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PRR lamp I picked up at York a few years ago

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NJCJOE posted:

Time for some new updates.

Picked up this two-sided PRR destination sign.

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Where in the Sam Hill did you find that sign? I've been trying to find PRR memorabilia from New Brunswick NJ for years. (My hometown) Lucky you. 

- Joe

Somerset County 4-H Trainmasters, METCA,

Independent Hi-Railers Eastern Division,

Ocean County Society of Model Railroaders,

Raritan River Chapter of the NRHS,

Black River Railroad Historical Trust

 http://raritanriver-rr.com/

"You're too young to remember the Raritan River!" -Told to me by a man at a train show.

RaritanRiverRailroadFan4 posted:
NJCJOE posted:

Time for some new updates.

Picked up this two-sided PRR destination sign.

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Where in the Sam Hill did you find that sign? I've been trying to find PRR memorabilia from New Brunswick NJ for years. (My hometown) Lucky you. 

I have many happy memories of the New Brunswick station. I grew up in Somerville & Bridgewater, and my Dad and I would often go to NB to watch the trains go through. What a thrill to see the Metroliner and GG1s speed through. Trips to NB always included a stop at Steve Varga's Hobby Shop too--he & Dad were good friends. 

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RaritanRiverRailroadFan4 posted:
NJCJOE posted:

Time for some new updates.

Picked up this two-sided PRR destination sign.

Where in the Sam Hill did you find that sign? I've been trying to find PRR memorabilia from New Brunswick NJ for years. (My hometown) Lucky you. 

I picked up the sign at the train show in Clark, NJ this past weekend.

Joe

 

NJCJOE posted:
RaritanRiverRailroadFan4 posted:
NJCJOE posted:

Time for some new updates.

Picked up this two-sided PRR destination sign.

Where in the Sam Hill did you find that sign? I've been trying to find PRR memorabilia from New Brunswick NJ for years. (My hometown) Lucky you. 

I picked up the sign at the train show in Clark, NJ this past weekend.

Lucky you. I was about to go that show. Well good find on your part. 

- Joe

Somerset County 4-H Trainmasters, METCA,

Independent Hi-Railers Eastern Division,

Ocean County Society of Model Railroaders,

Raritan River Chapter of the NRHS,

Black River Railroad Historical Trust

 http://raritanriver-rr.com/

"You're too young to remember the Raritan River!" -Told to me by a man at a train show.

BlueComet400 posted:
RaritanRiverRailroadFan4 posted:
NJCJOE posted:

Time for some new updates.

Picked up this two-sided PRR destination sign.

20170305_14235120170305_142401

Where in the Sam Hill did you find that sign? I've been trying to find PRR memorabilia from New Brunswick NJ for years. (My hometown) Lucky you. 

I have many happy memories of the New Brunswick station. I grew up in Somerville & Bridgewater, and my Dad and I would often go to NB to watch the trains go through. What a thrill to see the Metroliner and GG1s speed through. Trips to NB always included a stop at Steve Varga's Hobby Shop too--he & Dad were good friends. 

Heh, I never thought anyone would mention that name again. I wasn't alive during its time, but my father and uncles remember Steve's very fondly. NB really hasn't changed all that much.. Except for the Raritan River and subsequently Conrail leaving town.. If your ever in the area, I recommend a restaurant called Tumulty's. Train themed Irish pub.. But my father also took me to watch trains as a child. I've talked long enough. Send me an email so we can talk more if you like.

- Joe

Somerset County 4-H Trainmasters, METCA,

Independent Hi-Railers Eastern Division,

Ocean County Society of Model Railroaders,

Raritan River Chapter of the NRHS,

Black River Railroad Historical Trust

 http://raritanriver-rr.com/

"You're too young to remember the Raritan River!" -Told to me by a man at a train show.

I picked this Michigan Central oil can up on Ebay yesterday.  I've been using a Santa Fe can I bought a few years ago when I qualified to run at work, but I've been wanting an example from a local road.  Can't get any more local than this since the former Michigan Central mainline to Chicago runs right outside our fence.  It'll go well with my LS&MS lantern as well as my other NYC lantern that I occasionally use when we have switching moves to do at night.


According to the Ebay listing, the family of the former owner who's estate it came from, said he was a Michigan Central engineer.

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I picked up this clock about a year and a half ago. It has spent the last 14 months at the clock maker getting her back to running condition. This is a self winding clock from approximately 1910. These clocks hung in the PRR train stations and would self wind themselves every hour via a dry cell battery inside. These slave clocks was also connected to a master clock at a remote location. Once a day the master clock would send out signal to the slave clocks and they would automatically adjust the time so they were all in sync. This particular clock has the number 117 on the face. Station 117 was the Downingtown, Pa. station.

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Joe

 

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Here is the prize in my railroad collection.  Full scale crossing signal.  I also have the proper relay to make them flash.  I have the bell on top of the mast now as well.  Need to take a new picture.  Video link at bottom of page to the signal flashing.  Mike

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0IiBhV2P5Lw

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Silly NT's...I have Asperger's Syndrome! 

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Probably doesn't mean anything to anybody else, but I have the pair of American flags carried by American Freedom Train 4449, during the run from Springfield, MO to Saint Louis, MO. They were supposed to be presented to the Mayor of Saint Louis, who never showed up. I removed the two flags (there are photos of me doing it) , and just kept them myself when nobody came to retrieve them.

Good memories from 1975/1976.

Hot Water posted:

Probably doesn't mean anything to anybody else, but I have the pair of American flags carried by American Freedom Train 4449, during the run from Springfield, MO to Saint Louis, MO. They were supposed to be presented to the Mayor of Saint Louis, who never showed up. I removed the two flags (there are photos of me doing it) , and just kept them myself when nobody came to retrieve them.

Good memories from 1975/1976.

I guess you didn't get in any "hot water" when you took them!

I can't think of everything         

God'sNot Dead

rail posted:
Hot Water posted:

Probably doesn't mean anything to anybody else, but I have the pair of American flags carried by American Freedom Train 4449, during the run from Springfield, MO to Saint Louis, MO. They were supposed to be presented to the Mayor of Saint Louis, who never showed up. I removed the two flags (there are photos of me doing it) , and just kept them myself when nobody came to retrieve them.

Good memories from 1975/1976.

I guess you didn't get in any "hot water" when you took them!

Not at all. The Train Manager, and the Chief Mechanical Officer were both pretty well "peeved" that the Mayor of Saint Louis never show up, nor didn't even send a representative! The media people seemed pretty upset also.

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