Shows: Timonium '06

Here is page two of photos of the 2006 "Transpo" show held in May, 2006 in Timonium, Maryland. Click on the thumbnails for larger images. Download time may be **slow** for a modem connection.

Above left to right. A brass, cast lock and key from the Vandalia Railroad; a brass lock from the Washington & Old Dominion Railway; Moody's manuals from various years; a brass noseplate from a Baltimore & Ohio Railroad "sharknose" diesel locomotive made by the Baldwin Locomotive Works.
Above left to right. A locomotive noseplate and step stool from the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad; a display of sellers takin' a break; a logo sign from the Atlantic Coastline Railroad; a "North Pole Sanitary Drinking Fountain" sign used by the New Jersey Central.
Above left to right. A logo sign from the Seaboard Railroad; various cast iron railroad signs; a silver bouillon cup holder with cup from the Pennsylvania Railroad; same without the cup.
Above left to right. A silver gravy boat -- rare and in exceptionally nice shape -- from the Pennsylvania Railroad; various tinware; various tools; a table with mostly hardware -- oilers, lanterns and a "Conshohocken" sign from the Philadelphia & Reading Railway.

Above left to right. Poors Manuals from various years; finally, a rare and unusual piece -- a wax melter lantern, with "Merribrooke Melter" embossed on the rim, a patent date of "May 24-21", and a copper tube that inserts into the smoke dome. This appears to be a modified Armspear model, since the drop-fount is identical to those of other Armspear lanterns. Speculation is that this lantern was used to melt wax for sealing correspondence. Update: Tom Stranko sent in the following: "Way, way back when, I recall someone writing in about pictures I put in [a collectors magazine] of one of these lanterns. Seems they were used by tree surgeons (don't know their exact title) to melt the grafting wax used to seal up around a "sprout" or sapling when attaching it to the rest of the tree or bush -- to seal out the bacteria and insects." So possibly this lantern was not used on the railroad after all. The original Armspear model is definitely "railroad style" though. Another comment: "The Merribrook Melter lantern was indeed used for melting wax. The brass tube is an incorrect addition to the lamp. I have 2 of those mothers, had them for 30 or more years, and won't clean them because they are so dirty. There is a metal cup that drops into the top and is where the wax was melted. As I understand it, these lanterns were used for melting wax for candling eggs. Supposedly, that's an ancient way of preserving them before refrigeration. That's what an old timer told me, anyway. So, its possible that Merribrooke Melters had little or nothing to do with railroading."

Thanks to those who sent in comments.

Timonium '06 Photos: Page 1

Our thanks to Rob Hoffer for the photos.
Also thanks to the sellers who let their items be photographed!