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Messages - Ken Coombs

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The Monson Blog / Re: Monson Railroad Lanterns: Shedding Some Light
« on: February 15, 2012, 02:50:11 PM »
We wil let you know when our plans are firm, but it will not be until summer.
Ken

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The Monson Blog / Re: Monson Railroad Lanterns: Shedding Some Light
« on: February 13, 2012, 05:58:55 PM »
Thanks again for all of your help. Guess we will have to go with Monongahela. Appreciate it, and will try to get up to your museum some time next summer.

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The Monson Blog / Re: Monson Railroad Lanterns: Shedding Some Light
« on: February 04, 2012, 12:17:46 PM »
We are still speculatin' on the MRR designation. The two that seem official are Mid Atlantic and Monson.  Thanks to all of you for your suggestions. I am currently in Florida but will be back home in New Hampshre in May. Two of you expressed an interest in seeing the lantern in person, and so I will carry it back with me and bring it up to Maine next summer. I will be looking for a contact person at that time -I know Maine pretty well and perhaps we could come to the WW&F Museum with the lantern in hand.
 thank you all again,
Ken

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The Monson Blog / Re: Monson Railroad Lanterns: Shedding Some Light
« on: January 30, 2012, 11:32:52 AM »
Eric, thank you for your reply. My friend John B. Egan passed away one year ago at age 82. The railroad was his life - 40 years with the Grand Trunk and an overlapping 40 years with the Conway Scenic. He was quite well known in the New England railroading community. We do not know where he found this lantern, but, since John's extensive collection of lanterns, books, locks, keys, model rr locomotives/cars, etc., were pretty much New England/Northeastern US related,  I would expect this lantern to be from a geographic area John frequented. No only that, our line of thinking is that because John was extraodinarily picky about his RR "stuff" he probably would not have kept a lantern in this condition unless he knew it was rare.
I am attaching 2 more photos, please let us know if you wish to see more pictures. We can send them email with higher resolution.  Also can you tell us what other Railroads carry the designation MRR? We would like to research further.
Thank you again,
Ken

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The Monson Blog / Re: Monson Railroad Lanterns: Shedding Some Light
« on: January 29, 2012, 02:43:34 PM »
We are new to this blog business, and I was reading your posts on the Monson RR.  I am helping the daughter of my good friend (who worked on the Grand Trunk for 40 +/- years and has an extensive collection of railroadiana) to deal with some of the items we have questions about. The biggest question mark is a very old Tall-type hand lantern marked M R R. It is missing a burner but otherwise is intact including clear globe. We read on this forum that none of you believe that there are any MRR lanterns out there, but could this possibly be one?

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