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I found this lantern in a filthy condition at a train meet about ten years ago.  Knowing the "Charge of Quarters" enjoyed having candles or tea lights lit while she enjoyed our back porch in the evening, I gave the dealer $40 for the lantern and took it home.  When I put it on the kitchen counter, Sylvia was surprised, but got out some cleaner and a rag.  Inside of 15 minutes, she had it clean and pointed out where "NY Central System" was embossed in the top metal part of the lantern.   It works fine, burning plain old lamp oil you buy in Walmart or Target.

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Above is the builder plate for an ALCO S2, which was used by the US Army during WW2.

Below is the government acceptance plate for a postwar Plymouth 4-wheel "DDT" series diesel switcher. The ALCO plate was made from cast iron, and I think the Plymouth plate is steel.

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Received this original B&M map of Cape Ann, Massachusetts (a small peninsula off the Atlantic Ocean on Boston's "North Shore" - about 3/4 of the way between Boston and the New Hampshire/Maine border) as a holiday gift.

Shows the branch lines serving Swampscott and Marblehead in the south; Gloucester and Rockport towards the east; Ipswich to the north; and several towns in between.

These were maybe lines originally of the Eastern Railroad which B&M acquired in the late 1880's. The map says it was issued by the B&M passenger department and is not dated, but my guess is turn of the century.



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Items from the East Tennessee and Western North Carolina railroad:

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RPO marked for their final day of RPO operations, mailed by Robert Richardson to himself:s-l1600 [10)

Pieces of two ET&WNC cars, framed on my layout room wall:

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Some of the previous stuff is framed on the wall, along with a 1940 timtable:

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Original spike, recently recovered near the first Doe River bridge near Hampton, TN

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Drewery tickets; I have a few of these:

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Here is one set of a few I still possess from the 1989 Electro Motive Division (EMD) open house, La Grange,IL plant, if I recall correctly my Father (RIP) told me they were stamped from blank forged piston stock as I rember one could take as many as you wanted from the bins in the tour isles, he would bring blue prints for the locomotives he would be working on and tell me to study them, he was a welder/ fitter, not to mention the Locomotive builder plates he would give me, all in the garbage, very sad, if I only knew better back then, as a kid I went to the open houses as well as the Christmas open houses for employees and their families, miss that period of lost history,

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@oldpirate posted:

Here is one set of a few I still possess from the 1989 Electro Motive Division (EMD) open house, La Grange,IL plant, if I recall correctly my Father (RIP) told me they were stamped from blank forged piston stock as I rember one could take as many as you wanted from the bins in the tour isles, he would bring blue prints for the locomotives he would be working on and tell me to study them, he was a welder/ fitter, not to mention the Locomotive builder plates he would give me, all in the garbage, very sad, if I only knew better back then, as a kid I went to the open houses as well as the Christmas open houses for employees and their families, miss that period of lost history,

I assume you've looked up what even those type of plates are going for now?

Reminds me of a guy I knew in Maryland, his Dad worked for the PRR and came home with dozens of steam builder plates, so many that they used them as 'stepping stones' to their front door. He showed me a blurry photo clearly showing them. He was off to college when his mother decided to get rid of them and she made his Dad throw them all into the trash bins. Not long before she passed, he told her how much they were going for by then and his mother said, "That was the dumbest thing I ever did, bar none!"

@p51 posted:

I assume you've looked up what even those type of plates are going for now?

Reminds me of a guy I knew in Maryland, his Dad worked for the PRR and came home with dozens of steam builder plates, so many that they used them as 'stepping stones' to their front door. He showed me a blurry photo clearly showing them. He was off to college when his mother decided to get rid of them and she made his Dad throw them all into the trash bins. Not long before she passed, he told her how much they were going for by then and his mother said, "That was the dumbest thing I ever did, bar none!"

p51, I agree, at one time I just started to clean up and pitch in the trash items, saying to myself, what am I needing these for, Pops would of been ****ed off, but at the time I knew no better, pretty sad.

Only 2 items of Railroadiana I have are a train station bench and a kerosene lantern from a caboose.  I bought the bench this past summer in upstate NY.  I was told it is in original condition never having been restored or worked on.  I was told it could have come from a trolley since the back can be flipped so you can sit on the other side...it is very cool and sits in our dining room.

The caboose lantern I got from my father when he passed away.  He painted it chevy orange about 40 years ago.  One day I need to replace the top/cap as we never had it.  I remember my dad lighting it when I was young and it was so bright...I loved it!

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@oldpirate posted:

Here is one set of a few I still possess from the 1989 Electro Motive Division (EMD) open house, La Grange,IL plant, if I recall correctly my Father (RIP) told me they were stamped from blank forged piston stock

No. Those "coins" were made of powdered metal, which was an in-house process where the "powder" was pressed into the desired shape and then run through the heat-treating oven. Once cooled, they are nice and smooth and required no machining. That process was used to produce precession small engine top-deck "jewelry" parts.

as I rember one could take as many as you wanted from the bins in the tour isles, he would bring blue prints for the locomotives he would be working on and tell me to study them, he was a welder/ fitter, not to mention the Locomotive builder plates he would give me, all in the garbage, very sad, if I only knew better back then, as a kid I went to the open houses as well as the Christmas open houses for employees and their families, miss that period of lost history,

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