VINTAGE PENNSYLVANIA RAILROAD ADLAKE LANTERN ADAMS & WESTLAKE CO
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The Adams & Westlake Company is most commonly known as Adlake. A company that still exists today as a small railroad parts manufacture. Adlake does continue to produce a few of its lanterns and parts, but these are not the original Adlake heavy duty lanterns. They are lighter duty lanterns, designed mostly for show or display. The railroad industry in North American no longer uses railroad kerosene lanterns except in rare cases, however lanterns like these were in common use through the 1960s and in sporadic use as late as the 1970s and 1980s. Adlake was the last manufacture of kerosene railroad lanterns and ended up absorbing the remaining lantern manufactures in the 1960s as lantern sales plummeted and overall demand did not justify multiple companies.
Adlake made lanterns for everything from bicycles to buggies, going all the way back to 1857. The company really got in the railroad business by the late 1800s and began to manufacture everything from railroad lanterns to switch and railroad lamps and was also famous for making most railroad locks and keys that were used to lock up switches, cabooses and even railroad buildings. Globe has a crack
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