Railroad Lantern

Title

Railroad Lantern

Description

This railroad lantern was used by JoAnn Bender's grandfather when he would shovel coal into train engines. He worked for the railroad after returning home from his service as a medic in World War I.

Raised lettering on the lantern reads "P. & R. RY. Co." The Philadelphia and Reading Railroad Company (P. & R. RY. Co.) began passenger service from Philadelphia to Milton in 1854. Additional lines were later added from Milton to Williamsport (1871) and from West Milton to Shamokin (1883).

Date

Circa 1900

Creator

Dietz and Vesta

Format

Lantern

Identifier

Bender_JoaAnn-Railroad Lantern

Source

Information about the railroad in Milton was drawn from the Milton History website: http://www.miltonhistory.org/Phil_Reading_RR_Passenger_Station.htm

Files

Bender_JoAnn-Railroad Lantern.jpg

Citation

Dietz and Vesta, “Railroad Lantern,” Pennsylvania History Harvest, accessed September 21, 2017, http://pahistoryharvest.com/items/show/280.