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This is a great thread.  So much eye candy.

It's mostly Santa Fe memorabilia in our collection.  Too much to post here.  But these are a few of my favorites:

Scout Sign:

El Capitan Hi-Level wall decoration:

Santa Fe China collection:

Lounge car themed train room:

More on this room can be seen here: https://ogrforum.ogaugerr.com/t...ly=45918751373027568

 

If you'd like to see more of our collection, here is a link to a photo website of our train memorabilia:

Train Memorabilia

NJCJOE posted:
JeffPo posted:

I collect mostly railroad lanterns.  That's been my main passion.  But I do have a handful of other items such as wax seals, locks, baggage tags, etc.

http://www.jeffpolston.com/lantern.htm

 

Jeff,

I have seen your website before. Very nice. Welcome to the Forum.

Thanks!  It's a labor of love.  I'm trying to get a layout going for my model trains.  I've got a room for it, but it's full of junk at the moment.  Don't really have much time to follow forums and such, but I'll pop out here from time to time.  I'm currently going through the many, many pages of posts so you may see me resurrecting some old ones.   

Big Jim posted:

Joe,
Do you know why your milepost has two different numbers? Here is a clue.

Yes. this is a PRR mile post. One number, in this case the 8, was how many miles it was to Belvidere, NJ and the other number, 30, was how many miles to Trenton, NJ.

Jim, where is your milepost from?

I have a few lanterns, a switch lamp, and some rulebooks etc.  A friend, however, has more railroad stuff in his house than some museums I've been in.  Lanterns, number boards, several bookshelves' worth of paper, a B&O dwarf signal, full set of crossbucks & flashers, marker lamps, you name it.  Sorry I don't have any pics, it's impressive to say the least.

TomlinsonRunRR posted:

Southwest Chief,

...I especially like how you presented your RR china -- an interest of mine.  Great job showcasing some nice pieces and the supporting documentation adds color and interest. 

Appreciate that. 

Over the years collecting, it was sometimes harder to find the corresponding brochures than the china pieces.

We've updated the china collection since that photo was taken...so here's a new photo:

Here are links to full size photo versions:

Photo Link 1

Photo Link 2

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NJCJOE posted:
Big Jim posted:

Joe,
Do you know why your milepost has two different numbers? Here is a clue.

Yes. this is a PRR mile post. One number, in this case the 8, was how many miles it was to Belvidere, NJ and the other number, 30, was how many miles to Trenton, NJ.

Jim, where is your milepost from?

Across the river from Natural Bridge Station on the Roanoke District of the Shenandoah Div. The mileposts were turned over and a single milepost was painted on that end. The end was painted black with the MP # painted in white. You can see the edge of the black that is now buried in the dirt.

Here's one item of a bunch of real train items I own. Take a guess what railroad used this type of configuration of horn? Also, guess what horn this is? Who makes these horns? And harder question, what horn bell numbers are these? I know Hot Water will know, but I like other people to see if they get it. The first person that response to all the questions and gets them right, I will post the video on here of what it sounds like. When you hear it, it sounds kind of similar to a 5 chime.

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Alan Rogers posted:

Free semaphore

Lenny the Lion posted:

That cartoon is not far from the truth. That's something I'd do......short of stealing.

I have seen so many cases where people have indeed stolen stuff, it's not even funny. I was at a show in Maryland many years ago where a vendor had a stack of signs for a local light rail, all brand new. Someone was looking them over and said he worked for that rail operation and was surprised these were for sale as he'd seen them going up just a couple of weeks before. The table guy said, "Yeah, I saw a stack of them lying next to some poles, on the ground next to a grade crossing last month, so I saved them." This was before cell phones in every hand, otherwise the employee would have called the RR cops, I think. He was less than amused.

Any 1:1 scale train collector has heard mention of stealing some RR property, “so some thief doesn’t make off with it”. People like that really think there’s a difference somehow!

Reminds me of someone who I heard trolled collector and antique shows in the New England states in the 80s and 90s, would claim he was a RR cop and that he was ‘taking back stolen property,’ to include stuff from the steam era (because, he’d say, it’s still stolen even if it’s out of date) and would threaten people with jail if they didn’t hand stuff over. Nobody seemed to question that some vendors would often tell him to come back with a warrant (or pound sand) with no repercussions. He made the mistake of doing that to a vendor who was a REAL cop on the Northeast Corridor and things got ugly, instantly. I would have loved to have been there for that!

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