Lantern & Globe
Surveys: A&W "The Adams" Lanterns
Following are known markings of "The Adams" railroad
lanterns manufactured by the Adams & Westlake Company . Markings
in blue are from the original "Key, Lock and Lantern" magazine
article. Please see copyright information and other comments in the
footnotes. Markings in red are newly added since the survey information
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R.R. CO. '09 pat. (Aurora Elgin & Chicago)
R.R. (mismarking of A.E.& C.
A.T.& S.F. R.R.
B.& A.S.L. (Baltimore & Annapolis Short Line)
B.& M.R. NEB '89 pat. (Burlington & Missouri River RR in Nebraska)
B.&.O. R.R. (brass top)
B.& S. R.R. '97 pat. (Buffalo & Susquehanna) (bb)
B.B.& B.C. R.R.
B.C.R.& N. '97 pat. (Burlington Cedar Rapids & Northern)
BELT RY '09 pat. (of Chicago)
BELT RY OF CHICAGO '09
C.& E.I. R.R. '97
C. & M.E. Ry '09 pat. (Chicago & Milwaukee Electric)
C.& O. Ry.
C.& O.P.E. R.R. '09 pat. (Chicago & Oak Park Elevated)
C.& P.S. R.R. (Columbia & Puget Sound)
C.& S. Ry.
C.& S.E. Ry.
C.&L. R.R. (Cornwall & Lebanon 1909 Patent Adams Bell bottom)
C.A.& C. R.R. (bb)
C.B.& Q. R.R.
C.C.C.& St.L. Ry. (bb)
C.C.Ry. '97 pat. (Chicago City??)
C.G.W. RY. '92 pat.
C.H.& D. R.R.
C.H.& D. Ry.
C.M. & G. Railway (Chicago, Milwaukee & Gary)
C.M.St.P. & O. R.R.
C.N.R.R. '09 pat. (Cincinnati Northern)
C.P. Ry. (Canadian Pacific) '97 pat.
CRR&B Co. (Central Railroad & Banking Company)
C.R.I. & P. R.R.
C.S.& C.C.D. Ry.
C.T.T. R.R. '97 pat. (Chicago Terminal Transfer)
D.& H. R.R. (Bellbottom)
D & H Co. (Bellbottom)
D.& H.C. Co. ('92) (Delaware & Hudson Canal Co.)
D&I.R. R.R. '09 pat. (no period after D)
D&M RR (Detroit & Mackinac)
D.L.& W. R.R.
D.L.& W. R.R. Co.
D.N.W. & P. RY. '97 pat.
D.S.&.S. R.R. Delaware Susquehanna & Schuylkill Railroad (went into LVRR)
D.T.& I.. Ry. (bb)
E & B.E. Co. (Elgin & Belvidere Electric Company)
E.P.& SW. (El Paso & Southwestern - FV,2H,WB - see Reliable page
Erie R.R. '92 pat.
F. & C.C. R.R.
G.M. Ry. (Gainesville Midland)
G.R. & I. R.R. '89 pat. (Grand Rapids & Indiana RR) (bb)
G.R.& I. R.R.
G.S.B.& C. R.R. '09 pat. (Goshen South Bend & Chicago)
H.& B.T. R.R.
H.& B.T.M. R.R.
H.&.B.T.M. R.R. & C.CO. (Huntington & Broad Top Mountain Railroad & Coal Co)
K.& M. R.R. (Kanawha & Michigan)
K.C.S. RY. (BB)
L.& E. RY. '97 pat. (Lexington & Eastern)
L.C.& N. Co. ('09 Lehigh Coal & Navigation Co)
L.E.& W. R.R.
L.H & St.L. Ry
L.S.& M.S. Ry.
L.V. R.R. '92 pat. (Lehigh Valley)
M.& N.E. R.R
M.C.R.R. (Bellbottom) no date
M.N.RY (Milwaukee Northern - '97)
MU Ry '92 pat. (Montana Union)
METROPOLITAN WEST-SIDE (Metropolitan West Side Elevated - '92)
N.C.& St.L. Ry.
N.N. (Nevada Northern)
NORTHWESTERN L RR (Northwestern Elevated RR
N.P. R.R. (Northern Pacific)
N.W.E. R.R. '97 pat.(North Western Elevated)
N.Y.C.& St.L. R.R (New York, Chicago & St. Louis)
N.Y.C.& St.L. Ry.
N.Y.L.E.& W. R.R.
N.Y.O.& W. Ry. (bb)
ONEIDA Ry Co
O.R.& N. Co.
O.R.R.& N. Co.
O.W.R.R & N. Co
P.& L.E. R.R.
P.& R. R.R.
P.E. Ry. (Pacific Electric Ry)
PENNSYLVANIA LINES (bb & wb)
P.Mc.& C. R-y. (Pittsburgh, McKeesport & Connellsville)
P.R.L.& P. Co.
P.S. Ry (Public Service Railway - New Jersey)
R.& I. Ry. '09 pat. (Rockford & Interurban)
ROCK ISLAND LINES
ROCK ISLAND SYSTEM
RUTLAND R.R. (bb)
S.A.L. (Seaboard Airline)
SANTA FE A
SANTA FE ROUTE
SANTA FE S
S.P.L.A. & S.L. R.R. (San Pedro, Los Angeles & Salt Lake)
S.P.V. Ry. Co. (San Pete Valley Railway Co.)
S.P.& S. Ry. (bb & wb)
T.& N.O. R.R.
T.D.-U.S.Y.& T. Co. '92 at. (Transit Dept-Union Stock Yards & Transit
T.O.& C. Ry.
T.ST.L.& K.C.R.R. '92 pat. (Toledo St. Louis & Kansas City)
U.& M.V. Ry. (Utica & Mohawk Valley)
U.P.D.& G. R.R.
U.R.R. of N.J. (United Railroads of New Jersey)
V.&T R.R. (Virginia & Truckee - FV,2H,WB)
Va & Sw RY (Virginia & Southwestern)
W.& N. R.R. [bellbottom] (Wilmington & Northern RR -- went into P&R)
W.& N.B. R.R. Williamsport & North Branch
W. & T. R.R. (Wrightsville & Tennile)
Y.&M.V.R.R. (Yazoo & Mississippi Valley)
- All markings are reported as collectors have identified
them. No attempt has been made to verify authenticity of
any marking. The accuracy of this material is not guaranteed.
- No ownership information is maintained with the survey
listings. All new markings sent in for addition to the list
are treated anonymously, and no ownership information will
- Markings in blue are shown as published in "Key, Lock
and Lantern" (#87, Spring, 1988, p. 1679) which presumably
means the specific lettering that was found on the lanterns.
In the case where initials are given, matching them with
a specific railroad can usually be done by consulting one
of the railroad name references by Edson or Gross. However,
sometimes there is ambiguity due to the fact that the same
initials (e.g. B&A RR) may stand for more than one railroad
(e.g., Boston & Albany Railroad or Bangor & Aroostook
- In the table, "bb" means bellbottom; "wb" means
wire bottom. Assume wire bottom unless otherwise noted. "Pat." means
patent -- usually the latest date stamped on the lantern
- Inaccuracies may exist in this table with respect to the
presence or absence of periods after letters. Most "The
Adams" markings had periods but occasionally some did