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 was published.

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A.E.& C. R.R. CO. '09 pat. (Aurora Elgin & Chicago)
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.
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
BURLINGTON ROUTE
C.&.A. R.R.
C.& E.I. R.R. '97
C. & M.E. Ry '09 pat. (Chicago & Milwaukee Electric)
C.&.N.W. Ry.
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. R.R.
C.G.W. RY. '92 pat.
C.H.& D. R.R.
C.H.& D. Ry.
C.M. & G. Railway (Chicago, Milwaukee & Gary)
C.M. Ry
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. Co.
C.S.& C.C.D. Ry.
C.T.T. R.R. '97 pat. (Chicago Terminal Transfer)
C.V. R.R.
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 for code)
Erie R.R.  '92 pat.
F. & C.C. R.R.
F.B. Ry.
G.N. Ry.
G.M. Ry. (Gainesville Midland)
G.R.& I.
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)
H.V. R.R.
I.C. R.R.
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. R.R.
N.C.& St.L. Ry.
N.N. (Nevada Northern)
NORTHWESTERN L RR (Northwestern Elevated RR - '09)
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)
N.Y.N.H.&.H. R.R.
Omaha
ONEIDA Ry Co
O.R.& N. Co.
O.R.R.& N. Co.
O.S.L.
O.S.L. R.R.
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)
PERE MARQUETTE
P.Mc.& C. R-y. (Pittsburgh, McKeesport & Connellsville)
P.R.L.& P. Co.
P.R.R.
P.R.T.
P.S.R.
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)
SANTA FE
SANTA FE A
SANTA FE ROUTE
SANTA FE S
S.I. Ry.
Soo Line
S.P.
S.P. Co.
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 Co)
T.O.& C. Ry.
T.ST.L.& K.C.R.R. '92 pat. (Toledo St. Louis & Kansas City)
UNION PACIFIC
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)
W.M. Ry.
W.P.T. Ry.
Y.&M.V.R.R. (Yazoo & Mississippi Valley)

Footnotes

  • 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 be disclosed.
  • 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 Railroad).
  • 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 frame.
  • 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 not.