CNJ 3676 posted:

 

I'd be interested in hearing from others who have railroadiana of any type in their collections. Pictures of your items would be great if you can manage it. 

I'm not big into collecting railroadiana, so I had to look around a bit.  I have three PRR kerosene lanterns, one with a red globe; a PRR tin drinking cup (not one of the modern repros); a brass PRR lock (switch lock?) with key and two freight car builder's plates.  Sorry, I don't have photos of any of them.

This isn't an official railroad artifact, but I thought I'd put it here just the same. This mailbox was a gift to my Dad 40+ years ago and he never used it because he always had a P.O. box. Last week I decided it's time to use it. This is one mailbox that only a train nut can appreciate. 

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John

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BlueComet400 posted:

This isn't an official railroad artifact, but I thought I'd put it here just the same. This mailbox was a gift to my Dad 40+ years ago and he never used it because he always had a P.O. box. Last week I decided it's time to use it. This is one mailbox that only a train nut can appreciate. 

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John

Good fun, John!  I just hope it fairs better than my mailboxes here in New England and the evil snow plows.  I've got a couple of retired mailboxes set aside for creating an amusing engine house vignette -- and, yes, complete with "flag" signals :-).

Tomlinson Run Railroad

NJCJOE posted:

Got another switch stand out.

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I guy down the street has offered to sell me a switch stand, a more modern BN one with just the metal direction sign on top but for a very good price. I could easily move it to where I am as it's very close by (and I have a trailer way bigger than I'd need to move it), but my wife was not overly enthused about the prospect of having it, as it'd have to go outside like this...

BlueComet400 posted:

This isn't an official railroad artifact, but I thought I'd put it here just the same. This mailbox was a gift to my Dad 40+ years ago and he never used it because he always had a P.O. box. Last week I decided it's time to use it. This is one mailbox that only a train nut can appreciate. 

mailbox

John

A friend is a lineman and has this mailbox:

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Later Gator,

  Dave

 

Here comes a Yankee with a blackened soul,
Heading to Gatow with a load of coal.
......Anonymous U. S. pilot during the Berlin Airlift

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Bill DeBrooke posted:

This is probably not train related but the name is interesting.  IMG_4742.1

Bill,

You might be interested in this if you have not seen it: http://www.skipjackmarinegalle...ine-instruments.html and https://educators.mysticseapor...ifacts/taffrail_log/ 

It was a mechanical (nautical) device that was dragged through the water to calculate the vessel's speed. 

Tom 

MNCW posted:
Bill DeBrooke posted:

This is probably not train related but the name is interesting.  IMG_4742.1

Bill,

You might be interested in this if you have not seen it: http://www.skipjackmarinegalle...ine-instruments.html and https://educators.mysticseapor...ifacts/taffrail_log/ 

It was a mechanical (nautical) device that was dragged through the water to calculate the vessel's speed. 

Tom 

Hey thanks for the info.  I had no idea what it was.  Now if I start collecting ships I will be all set.

NJCJOE posted:

 

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These were white originally? I've seen repros and supposed originals, but they're all yellow when they're painted. Maybe that's due to what we think of crossing signs today (as stop signs were yellow for many years but many don't know that).

Steamer posted:

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what is this sign for Joe? haven't seen it before.

That is an early crossing whistle sign from the NC&StL in Tennessee. 

Robert S. Butler posted:

NC Joe - Inquiring minds want to know - if you use the handle on that switch stand and throw it does your truck automatically go into the garage instead of stopping at the end of the garage apron like it is in the photo? 

That's an interesting idea. I may have to work on that. 

Joe

 

p51 posted:
NJCJOE posted:

 

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These were white originally? I've seen repros and supposed originals, but they're all yellow when they're painted. Maybe that's due to what we think of crossing signs today (as stop signs were yellow for many years but many don't know that).

These signs came painted black on white as well as black on yellow.

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Joe

 

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