JeffPo's New York Central Amber Globe Lantern Page
Last update: 11/04/13
This Dietz Vesta lantern was used by the New York Central Railroad. The frame of the lantern is stamped N.Y.C.S. That stands for New York Central System.
The amber globe (officially yellow) is also etched with N.Y.C.S. This color globe is a little harder to find than the clear or red ones. The amber/orange globe means it could have been used to mark camp cars (for workers staying overnight), or for notifying the train engineer that there were Form 19 orders to pick up. Form 19 orders are "hooped" (affixed to a stick with a hoop on it that the engineer could put his arm through to grab it) up to the engineer and conductor once the train is underway. People tending the railroad track switches also used amber globed lanterns for signaling.
New York Central Railroad
A shrouded New York Central steam locomotive.
The New York Central Railroad was founded in 1853 by a merger of ten railroads. Headquartered in New York, it served a large portion of the area with extensive tracks in New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Massachusetts, and New England. The New York Central was known as a water level route, which meant most of its routes followed rivers and didnt have significant grade. The steam locomotives of this railroad were built for speed. Financial failings in the 1960s eventually meant it became a fallen flag (i.e. a railroad that no longer exists) in 1968 when it joined the Pennsylvania Railroad in a merger that produced the Penn Central Railroad. Penn Central was merged into Conrail in 1976, which was purchased jointly by CSX and Norfolk & Southern in 1999.
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