Railroadiana Items In Your Collection

I've collected a lot of stuff over the years. Most of it very heavy. Most of it I've never got around to setting it up to display. Although, we're going to move to a new home soon. I have plans of setting up my signals and switch stands, finally. I have crossing signals, block signals, switch stands, hand and switch lanterns. Here's an example of signals I own. 

And as the sunset faded, I spoke to the faintest first starlight.
And I said next time, Next time, We'll get it right!


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Cross posting from Real Trains forum...

Last week I picked up a builder plate at an antique fair outside London.  From what I have been able to determine it is from an early group of Baldwin narrow gauge locomotives shipped to England during WW1.  The locomotives designated 10-12-D.  These were tank engines with a 4-6-0 wheel arrangement.  They were used to shuttle supplies to the front lines in France.  Couple of Wikipedia articles:

 Appreciate any additional or corrected insight others might be able to share.  Piece looks authentic; but wouldn't be upset if a copy given what I paid.



Ted R


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I have a couple of original RR advertising posters, and this is my favorite, a rather optimistic and misleading GWR poster from 1904. Mine is framed and hangs in my dining room, but I don't have a camera or smart phone to photograph it, so I've posted an image from the web. It's about 3 feet x 4 feet and always generates questions and conversation.



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gandydancer1950 posted:
NJCJOE posted:

Railroadiana......my other hobby. I collect anything used by the railroad including lanterns, signs, tools, lamps, signals, paper and other hardware.

























Wow, very impressive!

Impressive is an understatement, Jo Where do you find all this stuff all's I've got is a few date nails I would like to find a really clean at a lake switch Lantern if I could find one in a fair price.

Joe Gozzo


I sold the Worcester sign back about 7 years ago. Sorry.

Most of my items are found at auctions, flea markets and antique shops. Ebay and Craigslist used to be fruitful but not much anymore. The railroadiana show in Gaithersburg, Md. also has provided a bunch of these items over the years.

Now, who's coming over to help me move this stuff to the new house?



I really like seeing some of these item people find related to railroads. As much as I would love to be able to get some of the bigger items to put outside. I don't think my wife would let me, I think having one or two 1:1 size signals would be fun. I think it would be interesting to fine items from the New York Central Railroad, since it went through the city/town where I live. One of the buildings that was used by the New York Central is still Standing. Though I don't think it is in the best condition. There was another railroad that ran North-South in my home town, though I can't remember what that one was. I believe that that building is also still standing, can't remember what it is though. 

Edit: As much as I would love to be able to find old items in our house we own it would have been quite possible given our house was built in 1927. It was at one point converted to a Duplex then back to a single family home. The only items I have seen are some glass bottles in a closet in the basement, haven't really been up in the attic, though my wife has and says nothing is up there.


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