I have these former Adirondack logging items. The sign Is real. The caboose is not.

 

The Caboose is truckless on the former R.O.W. it would have run on. I built it myself based on Photos and a Keystone O-scale model of the caboose that ran on this RR blown up to full scale. My neighbor milled the wood for me. It took me about five summers to build. There are still some projects to work out.

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When the brochure pictured below was issued in 1938, the Central Railroad Company of New Jersey's steamboat service to Atlantic Highlands with a direct connection to trains operating via the CNJ's Seashore Branch still had a few years left. Boats in service at this time were the "Monmouth" and "Sandy Hook." The railroad's presence in the borough was significant. Particularly impressive was the stub end terminal situated on the pier which facilitated the transfer of passengers between train and ship. Regrettably, as with so many former sites once testimony to railroading's greatness, today's casual observer wouldn't have a clue any of this ever existed; however, for those who know, telltale signs are still there. 

 

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Originally Posted by Silver Lake:

I have these former Adirondack logging items. The sign Is real. The caboose is not.

 

The Caboose is truckless on the former R.O.W. it would have run on. I built it myself based on Photos and a Keystone O-scale model of the caboose that ran on this RR blown up to full scale. My neighbor milled the wood for me. It took me about five summers to build. There are still some projects to work out.

 

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We need some more pictures of that caboose. Very cool.

Joe

 

I used to have a massive RR conductor uniform collection but got rid of it all.

These days, I mostly collect WW2 army RR items as well as anything from the 3-footer ET&WNC RR. I have many original photos from the 30s and 40s. Recently, I got two spikes pulled from the ROW at Elizabethton, TN. I wire brushed both of them and painted them and put the road name on each before their ID got lost...

 

Army RR conductor's badge from WW2:

And a few of the manuals and TMs from that era:

Originally Posted by NJCJOE:
Originally Posted by Silver Lake:

I have these former Adirondack logging items. The sign Is real. The caboose is not.

 

The Caboose is truckless on the former R.O.W. it would have run on. I built it myself based on Photos and a Keystone O-scale model of the caboose that ran on this RR blown up to full scale. My neighbor milled the wood for me. It took me about five summers to build. There are still some projects to work out.

 

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We need some more pictures of that caboose. Very cool.

Here are a few more.

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Thank you.  I have picture of the interiors somewhere. There is a company in San Diego Co. CA that makes good Repro W.T. Kirkman/ Dietz lanterns those are what is hanging on the back and  Caboose bunker lamps inside on the walls. 

 

I know this RR had Borrowed or stolen NYC Dietz lanterns because I found one in the ruins of the Enginehouse. I have it but it is two far gone to display or restore. I also have a set of windows off a 1880's era Wagner Palace Car this railroad later used as windows on their company office. I noticed it because they have a distinctive shape in a roster shot. Unusual collection item for sure.

 

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I also have a set of windows off a 1880's era Wagner Palace Car this railroad later used as windows on their company office. I noticed it because they have a distinctive shape in a roster shot. Unusual collection item for sure.

 

Unusual for sure. Would you be able to post a picture of one of those windows?

 

Bob

I just bought a PRR "Casey" Lantern. I would post a picture, but it's still in pieces from cleaning, as I am having a technical issue with it...

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Originally Posted by Silver Lake:

I also have a set of windows off a 1880's era Wagner Palace Car this railroad later used as windows on their company office. I noticed it because they have a distinctive shape in a roster shot. Unusual collection item for sure.

 

Unusual for sure. Would you be able to post a picture of one of those windows?

 

Bob

It may take me a while they are in storage.

Not new, as this has been in my collection for probably 14 years or so. This is an original ink on linen drawing from the Pennsylvania Railroad dated 1884. It is matted and framed. The frame measures 31-1/2" long by 14-1/4". The drawing shows the lettering for express freight cars. The drawing is 130 years old.

 

I'm looking to sell it if anybody is interested.

 

 

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Here is a Southern Pacific First Class Passenger ticket from July 1950.  Departure was from San Antonio, TX, to arrive in Colton, CA.

Matt

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Passenger Ticket #2 Inside Left

Passenger Ticket #3 Inside Right

Passenger Ticket #4 back

Superintendent, Inland Valley Division, Brisbane & Bushong Railroad

Railway termini are our gates to the glorious and the unknown. Through them we pass out into adventure and sunshine, to them, alas! we return.
Edward M. Forster

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Given the excitement created by Bachmann's announcement of an O scale model along with the rumored possibility of an additional version from MTH, here is GE/ALCo Operating Manual GEJ-1663 for the 44-tonner. The manual is dated October 1944.

 

Bob 

 

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Freaking sweet! Always wanted to do that but my wife probably wouldn't allow it, assuming I could even find on in decent shape that didn't cost a fortune. A good friend of mine (into HO) was given a switchstand, I wish I was that lucky!

Lucked into some EMD postcards of colorful F units and framed those, along with advertising posters showing various colorful F units--yeah, I like those F unit cab diesels.

 

Attended the 50th Anniversary event EMD hosted at the LaGrange and titled "The Diesel That Did It," IL plant in 1989.  Took tons of pictures of the freshly repainted FT's they had, along with a bunch of other EMD units in fresh demo paint.  The only two items I can now put my hands on are a coin-like stamping EMD made to commemorate the event and the obligatory t-shirt.

 

And then there's the Milwaukee Road hard hat that apparently saw good use.

 

Carl

 

PS:  Sure wish I could find those photographs.

 

Carl

Living in a house of a former collector, stuff appears I literally didn't know I had. Like this light from a crossing gate buried in trailer parts & chains, or this hat from inside one of many "lost button" tins. I have 40s-50s pocket-timetables from the bottom of tins of curtain hangers, and big thick ones hidden away while used to even the up splines of a bird book set next to the encyclopedias on the shelf etc. etc. etc. Ill try & post more pic's here when I can.

 

 

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"Nursing insomnia one railcar at a time"

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Working on a new project that is very special to me. About a month ago I was offered a very large cork board out of the depot where I grew up. It wasn't until the cork board was removed and I started to carefully strip away three layers of paint that the original Grand Trunk Western logos started to show through. From my research I have found that this was the original board that the train schedules were posted on in the depot. One of those neat items that I'm incredibly lucky to have in my collection. 

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I have some rusty spikes from when they relaid the local commuter lines and some misc paper items.  But I did find out my great-grandfather's first job when he immigrated to the US was as a motorman on the Boston Elevated.  I found his original license and rule book with some old family documents.

 

Also a small assortment of items that came from an older gentleman who worked as a janitor at the hospital my mother used to work at.  Turned out he used to be a railroad man.  When I was young he sent me his Amtrak/Boston Commuter Rail Conductor's hat, ticket punch, a shoulder and collar patch from his days on the Boston and Maine, and what I consider the coolest of the collection, the key to the caboose he used to ride in.  That year I was a conductor for haloween.  When I got a little older, I framed everything with a nice letter he sent me explaining what everything was.

Thought I would revive this thread.

 

Just finished restoring this station bench which came from the Reading train station in Manville, NJ. The original cast iron pieces are around 100 years old. I sandblasted them and repainted everything. New wood brought her back to life.

 

 

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Originally Posted by CNJ 3676:
Originally Posted by Silver Lake:

I also have a set of windows off a 1880's era Wagner Palace Car this railroad later used as windows on their company office. I noticed it because they have a distinctive shape in a roster shot. Unusual collection item for sure.

 

Unusual for sure. Would you be able to post a picture of one of those windows?

 

Bob

It may take me a while they are in storage.


       

Ok not much to look at but they are definitely Wagner windows. The car was converted to a gas powered car and then used on a RR building. They have a Distinctive top edge and there is a picture of it in the Palmer "Railroads of the North Woods"  book. imageimage

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Here are a few archeological pieces that are still special to me because of local interest. One is a 1880's to 1930's era stake pocket from a logging car I found in an old ROW. The second is a lantern a logging line "borrowed " from NYC that I found in an engine house ruin. The last is a Linn Tractor headlight from a logging Garage ruin.

Rusty junk but interesting with the story behind them.

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A quick look at my modest collection, a few prize pieces, my RR Fire Department badges, Lackawanna, D&H, Erie and an ALCO Locomotive Works.  Also A DL&W Flagman hat and a NYO&W Conductor Hat. Always looking for RR FD items....

 

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