The 2003 Railroadiana and Transportation Show in Gaithersburg, Maryland was marked by warm, pleasant weather, good attendance, and brisk sales. While all types of railroadiana were represented, this year's show seemed to have a particular abundance of lanterns, including those with two-color globes.

The following photos of the 2003 show were generously provided by Rob Hoffer, who focused on getting close-ups of neat stuff. Click on the thumbnail for a larger image, and use your browser's BACK button to get back to this page. In order to show detail, these images are large, so download time may be **slow**, especially if connecting to the internet through a modem.

Bookmark from the Intercolonial Railway A wall of Pennsylvania Railroad calendars by Grif Teller. Rare plate in the "Alton" pattern of the Chicago & Alton Railroad
Left to right: Bookmark from the Intercolonial Railway; a wall of Pennsylvania Railroad calendars by Grif Teller; very rare plate in the "Alton" pattern of the Chicago & Alton Railroad.
A plate in the "California Poppy" pattern of the "Santa Fe Railway" with rare Boucher back stamp A plate in the "Curecanti" pattern of the Denver & Rio Grande Railway A master salad bowl in the "Bleeding Blue" pattern of the "Santa Fe Railway"
Left to right: A plate in the "California Poppy" pattern of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway, especially rare because of its Bauscher backstamp; a plate in the "Curecanti" pattern of the Denver & Rio Grande Railway; a master salad bowl in the "Bleeding Blue" pattern of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway or "Santa Fe Railway".
China piece in the "McKinley" pattern from the Alaska Railroad Commemorative plate from the Syracuse Rapid Transit Railway A handled bowl in Pullman's "Calumet" pattern
Left to right: China piece in the "McKinley" pattern from the Alaska Railroad; commemorative plate from the Syracuse Rapid Transit Railway; a handled bowl in the Pullman Company's "Calumet" pattern.
A cup in the Erie Railroad's "Starucca" pattern Railroad dining car flatware A table of railroad china
Left to right: A cup in the Erie Railroad's "Starucca" pattern; a display of railroad flatware; a display of railroad china.
Display of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad's "Centenary" china Plate in the the Union Pacific Railroad's "Overland "pattern
Left to right: Display of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad's "Centenary" china; plate in the Union Pacific Railroad's "Overland "pattern.
Display of the Union Pacific Railroad's "Streamliner" pattern Rare master salad bowl in Great Northern Railway's "Oriental" pattern
Left to right: Display of pieces in the Union Pacific Railroad's "Streamliner" pattern; rare master salad bowl in Great Northern Railway's "Oriental" pattern.
Rare master salad bowl in Great Northern Railway's "Glory of the West" pattern Sugar container in the Pennsylvania Railroad's "Congressional" pattern
Left to right: Rare master salad bowl in Great Northern Railway's "Glory of the West" pattern; sugar container in the Pennsylvania Railroad's "Congressional" pattern.
Display of butter pats in various railroad china patterns Castback lock marked "R&D RR" - maybe Raritan & Delaware Railroad
Left to right: Display of butter pats in various railroad china patterns; castback lock marked "R&D RR" - possibly the Richmond & Danville Railroad.
Conductors Lantern C.T. Ham brass-top lantern from the Boston & Albany Railroad Porter brass-top lantern from the Philadelphia & Reading Railroad Extra fancy conductors lantern with etched globe New York, Lake Erie & Western lantern Philadelphia, Wilmington & Baltimore cast globe 
Left to right: Conductors Lantern -- note the rare, unusual shape of the globe; C.T. Ham brass-top lantern from the Boston& Albany Railroad; Porter brass-top lantern from the Philadelphia & Reading Railroad; Extra fancy conductors lantern with etched globe; Very early lantern from the New York, Lake Erie & Western Railroad; Philadelphia, Wilmington & Baltimore cast globe.
Display of railroad locks Display of railroad lanterns Table of railroad-marked hollowware
Left to right: Display of railroad locks; Display of tall-globe railroad lanterns; Table of railroad-marked hollowware and silver.
N&W color pictureDisplay of gravy boats in various railroad china patterns Happy collectors
Left to right: A display of railroad glassware; Norfolk & Western color picture; Display of gravy boats in various railroad china patterns; Two happy collectors.
Three spectacular brass lanterns with two-color globes "Beauty and the Beast" -- a rare 2-color globe in a conductors lantern and a *very* common New York Central Vesta Tray from the Intercolonial Railway
Left to right: Three spectacular brass lanterns with two-color globes;"Beauty and the Beast" -- a rare 2-color globe in a conductors lantern and a *very* common New York Central "Vesta" lantern; tray from the Intercolonial Railway.
A match holder from the Norfolk & Western Railway Display of hardware from a EM-1 steam locomotive of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Display of railroad oilers Northern Pacific Railway broadside poster
Left to right: A match holder from the Norfolk & Western Railway; display of hardware from an EM-1 steam locomotive, #7604, of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad; display of railroad oilers; Northern Pacific Railway broadside poster;
Railroad-marked sugar-tongs  Whistle from a Western Maryland steam locomotive "The Haul"

Left to right: Railroad-marked sugar-tongs; whistle from a Western Maryland steam locomotive; finally, "The Haul" from a successful show.

Our thanks to Rob Hoffer for providing these images.