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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

A light in the tunnel????

In the Railroad world seeing a light at the end of a tunnel was not considered always a good thing. In fact it could well be that you are are the wrong track and light you see was a train is heading straight for you. (I've heard that U-turns in tunnels are difficult).

As many of you know, railroad lanterns are constructed a little different from regular barn lanterns. I started collecting them many years ago BUT only if i could afford them. Back the $25 was my limit, and even today i'm a bargain hunter. (In NC found 4 for $40.00)

Our good Blogger friend Sandra of the Mad Snapper mentioned she liked these types of lanterns so here is my small collection.

The one in the middle is the most interesting. It is a kerosene switch top made by Dressel. Unfortunately there are no RR Markings on it. I bought it 30 years ago for about $10. According to Ebay it could be worth up to $225.00 Not a bad investment.

I may be picking up a PRR lantern and a NY, New Haven, & Hartford RR lantern later today.

Grenville

8 comments:

Country Gal said...

We have a the barn lanterns . I do like your collection . At our antique shops in the area they usually have quite a few of the old railway lanterns ! Thanks for sharing ! Have a good day !

Montanagirl said...

That is a very cool collection of old lanterns! Good for you for keeping them all these years!

A Quiet Corner said...

Oh, darn...when I read the post title, I thought you had a contract!!!!!...:)JP

Blackberry Lane said...

A unique and interesting collection. I enjoyed your photos very much.

DeniseinVA said...

What a lovely collection you have. Good luck on your new acquisitions.

Sandra said...

this is a really great collection, i have not seen that middle one before. i like the middle one, in the top right square...

Elaine said...

Nice collection!!

Anvilcloud said...

DeLIGHTful.

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