Lantern & Globe Surveys: Dietz "Vesta" Lanterns

Following are known markings of "Vesta" railroad lanterns manufactured by the R.E. Dietz Company.

"Hi-Top" Model

AM. EX. CO.
AMER. EXP. CO.
B.&.L.E.R.R.
B.R.&.P.Ry.
B.R.T.
B.T.R.R.
B.& L.E.T. CO.
B.& O.R.R.
Boston & Albany
Boston & Maine
CAMBRIA
CENTRAL OF VERMONT
C.G.W.R.R.
C.M.R.R.
C.P.& E.R.R.
F.C.C.M.
F.J.&.G.R.R.
G.C.T.
H.&M.R.R.
H.& S.ST. RWY. Co.
I.R.T.
K.&.M.R.R.
K.&.M.Ry.
K.C.C.C. & St.J. Ry.
L.&.H.Ry.
L.&.H.R.Ry.
M.C.R.R.
M.& ST.L.R.R.
M.R.R.

M.Ry.Co.
MONON
N.& S.S.RY.
N.Y.C.&.H.R.R.
N.Y.N.H.&.H.
N.Y.O.&.W.
New York Central
O.S.L.
ORD. DEPT. U.S. ARMY
P.&.L.E.R.R.
P.&.R. Rwy. LOCO DEPT
P.&.R.Rwy.Co.
P.&.R.Ry.
P.&.R.Ry. TRANS. DEPT.
P.&.R.Ry.Co. LOCO DEPT
R.& F.C. R.R. Co.
R. CO.TRANS. DEPT.
RDG. CO.TRANS. DEPT.
RUTLAND R.R.
S.A.& A.P.
S.N.Y.
TRANS. DEPT. U.S. ARMY
USED (U.S. Engineering Deparment)
WABASH
WABASH R.R.

"Lo-Top" Model

A.& C.R.R.
A.& S.R.R.
B.& L.E.R.R.
B.& M.
B.& M.R.R.
B.A.R.
B.R.& P.Ry.
B.R.T.
BOSTON & ALBANY
B.&.M. R.R.
B.T.R.R.
C.& B.L.R.R.
C.C.C.& St.L.R.R.
C.G.W. Ry.
C.N.J.
C.R.R.of N.J.
C.U.T. (Cincinnati Union Terminal)
C.V.Ry.
C.V.Ry.Co.
C.W.T.C.
CORWIN
D.& H. Co.
D.& T.S.L. R.R.
D.L.& W.R.R.
ERIE R.R.
F.I.& G.R.R.
F.I.& G.R.R. Tool Car
Frisco System (Bellbottom)
FT.D.D.M.& S.R.R.
G.M.& N.R.R.
G.M.& O.R.R.
G.R.R. (Grasse River RR)
I.R.C. (International Railway Co.)
I.R.T.
J.C.L.
L.&H.R.Ry.
L.&N.E.Ry.
L.E.&E.

L.V.R.R.
M.C.R.R.
M.D.U.S.Army M.E.C.R.R.
M.R.R. (Montour)
M.Ry.Co. (Monongahela)
MAINE CENTRAL
N.Y.C.L.
N.Y.C.S.
N.Y.N.H.& H.
N.Y.O.& W.
"N.Y.O.& W." (Quot. Marks)
N.Y.R.T.
N.Y.S.& W.
NEW YORK CENTRAL
NICKEL PLATE ROAD
P.& E.-(Peoria & Eastern)
P.& L.E.R.R.
P.& N.W.R.R. Co.
P.& S.R.R.
P.& W.V.Ry.Co.
P.R.R.
PULLMAN
R.Co. LOCO
R.F.& P.R.R.
RDG. Co.
RDG. Co. LOCO DEPT.
RDG. Co. TRANS. DEPT.
TEM
U.P.
U.R.R. (Union)
U.S.
U.T.of I (United Traction of Indiana)
W.& L.E.
"W.& L.E."
W.M.Ry.
WABASH
WABASH RAILWAY
Y.S.& T.Co.


Bellbottom" Model

B.R.&P.Ry
W.VA.C. & P. RY (West Virginia Central & Pittsburg - takes a 4 5/8" globe).

Footnotes:

  • Special thanks to Fred Collins and Ken Andrews for their efforts in compiling the original survey results. Also thanks to those who have sent in new markings.
  • 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 are shown as published in "Key, Lock and Lantern" (#77, Fall 1985, p. 1356 and #80, Summer 1986, p. 1441) which presumably means the specific lettering that was found on the lanterns. In the case where initials are given, matching these initials 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).