This RARE Vintage piece of Railroad History, made by THE ADAMS AND WESTLAKE COMPANY for the PHILADELPHIA & READING RAILROAD. This lantern is marked THE ADAMS AND WESTLAKE COMPANY CHICAGO THE "ADAMS" P. PATENTED JUNE 8, 1886 last date NOV.
The brass burner, marked DRESSEL N. And twist-off fount are in good working condition. The clear glass globe is embossed P&RRy, globe has strong marks and two J shaped hairline cracks. Frame has some pin hole repair around the R on the hood.From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Rail lines of the Reading Railroad, including the Pennsylvania-Reading Seashore Lines.
1,460 miles (2,350 kilometres). That provided passenger and commercial rail transport in eastern Pennsylvania.
And neighboring states that operated from 1924 until its acquisition by Conrail. Commonly called the Reading Railroad, and logotyped. As Reading Lines, the Reading Company was a railroad holding company for the majority of its existence and was a single railroad during its later years.
It operated service as Reading Railway System and was a successor to the Philadelphia and Reading Railway Company, founded in 1833. Until the decline in anthracite.
Loadings in the Coal Region. It was one of the most prosperous corporations in the United States. Competition with the modern trucking industry that used the Interstate Highway System.For short-distance transportation of goods, also known as short hauls, compounded the company's problems, forcing it into bankruptcy. After its railroad operations were merged into Conrail in 1976, the remainder of the corporation was renamed Reading International. Original Philadelphia and Reading logo. Philadelphia and Reading Railroad daily passenger train time table, 1854.
See also: Main Line (Reading Company). The Philadelphia and Reading Railroad (P&R) was one of the first railroads in the United States. Along with the Little Schuylkill. A horse-drawn railroad in the Schuylkill River.
Valley, it formed the earliest components of what became the Reading Company. The P&R was constructed initially to haul anthracite.
Coal from mines in northeastern Pennsylvania's Coal Region. The original P&R mainline extended south from the mining town of Pottsville. And then onward to Philadelphia, following the gently graded banks of the Schuylkill River for nearly all of the 93-mile (150-km) journey. The original Reading mainline was double track.From its very beginning in 1843. The P&R became profitable almost immediately. Energy-dense coal known as anthracite. Had been replacing increasingly scarce wood as fuel in businesses and homes since the 1810s, and P&R-delivered coal was one of the first alternatives to the near-monopoly held by Lehigh Coal & Navigation Company. Soon the P&R bought or leased many of the railroads in the Schuylkill River Valley and extended westward and north along the Susquehanna into the southern end of what became known as the Coal Region. In Philadelphia, the Reading also built Port Richmond. The self-proclaimed "Largest privately owned railroad tidewater terminal in the world". In 1871, the Reading established a subsidiary called the Philadelphia and Reading Coal and Iron Company.
Gave the P&R almost full control of anthracite coal from mining through market, allowing it to compete successfully with like-organized competitors such as Lehigh Coal & Navigation and the Delaware and Hudson Canal Company. The heavy investment in coal paid off quickly. And may have been the first conglomerate. In 1879, the Reading gained control of the North Pennsylvania Railroad.Which provided access to the burgeoning steel industry. The Reading further expanded its coal empire by reaching New York City. By gaining control of the Delaware and Bound Brook Railroad. In 1879, and building the Port Reading Branch. In 1892 with a line from Port Reading Junction. Instead of broadening its rail network, the Reading invested its vast wealth in anthracite and its transport in the mid-19th century.
This led to financial trouble in the 1870s. In 1890, Reading president Archibald A. Saw that more riches could be earned by expanding its rail network and becoming a trunk railroad. McLeod went about trying to control neighboring railroads in 1891.
He was able to gain control of the Lehigh Valley Railroad. Central Railroad of New Jersey. And the Boston and Maine Railroad.The Reading almost achieved its goal of becoming a trunk road, but the deal was scuttled by J. And other rail barons, who did not want more competition in the northeastern. The Reading was relegated to being a regional railroad for the rest of its history. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Transportation\Railroadiana & Trains\Hardware\Lanterns & Lamps". The seller is "railcarhobbies" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped worldwide.