Thrifty goodies for the transportation collector

Welcome to the bargain basement of the Rail Store, where things seem to keep piling up, but the prices are really low. Please read the descriptions carefully as some of the items on this page are either factory seconds, or are damaged beyond what would be considered normal wear under normal usage. The general condition of each piece is described below, along with details on the type and degree of imperfection.

These pieces display beautifully (well, some display more interestingly than beautifully). At these prices, you might be tempted to put them to use in your kitchen, den, bathroom or office.

For more information on items for sale, please contact Meg Coughlin, the store manager, and highly-trained railroadiana expert at (215) 361-6176, email

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D&H Hotel Champlain service plate.
Used at the railroad-owned hotel in Bluff Point, NY. Plate is factory second with a small crack in rear of rim from firing, long hairline crack across well, and some browning.
10" diam. O.P. Company 1911, NBS.
Luckin D&H-3A.
FH Fred Harvey Webster sugar bowl.
Patteren used for many years at El Tovar. 2 1/2" tall, 4 1/2" diameter, NBS, Syracuse 1944, Old Ivory, fair (hairline crack runs throughout piece). Piece is sold without lid.
  IC Illinois Central Coral Dolphin cup.
Coral was the IC's principal pattern from the 1930's until the advent of Amtrak.
3" high, OP Co., Syracuse China patented no date, near mint.
Luckin IC-1, McIntyre p 60
GN Oriental oval platter
Exclusive use pattern, this is an example of the "early" hand-painted version of the pattern.
10.5" by 7.5" OP Old Ivory 1939,NBS, good-excellent (some well wear).
Luckin GN-9, McIntyre p 58
NP Monad Pattern sauce boat.
Non-topmarked piece of appropriate date and manufacture.
6" length; 3.25" high. Shenango 1959, NBS, mint.
McIntyre p 124, Luckin NP-5
United Fruit Company thermos.
1920s era Manning and Bowman & co. thermos most likely used in passenger cabins. Top marked, "United Fruit Company" with house flag. 11 1/2" high, 4 1/2" diameter. Thermos has one minor dent in front visible below logo in photograph, and two minor dents in back. Moderate dent in bottom backside. Stopper is slightly pushed in (repairable). Glass insert for thermos intact.

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China notes:

Shipping charges will be calculated at time of order.

China references cited:

Reed, Cleota and Skoczen, Stan. Syracuse China. Published by Syracuse University Press, Syracuse NY 13244-5160 Order line: (800) 365-8929.

Krummes, Daniel C.. Dining on Inland Seas. Published by Nautical Works Press, Traverse City, MI 49684. Book available for sale at Rail Store, $49.95.

McIntyre, Douglas. The Official Guide to Railroad Dining Car China. Published by the author, 20 Cleveland Place, Lockport, NY 14094. Book can be ordered from the author at

Luckin, Richard. Dining On Rails. Published by RK Publishing, 621 Cascade Court, Golden Colorado 80403-1581; Book sales: (303) 278-0669 (voice), (303) 215-0095 (fax). A new edition of this book containing color photographs and many additional patterns has just been published.

Luckin, Richard. Teapot Treasury. Published by RK Publishing, 621 Cascade Court, Golden Colorado 80403-1581; Book sales: (303) 278-0669 (voice), (303) 215-0095 (fax).

Luckin, Richard. Butterpat World. Published by RK Publishing, 621 Cascade Court, Golden Colorado 80403-1581; Book sales: (303) 278-0669 (voice), (303) 215-0095 (fax).

--Mr. Luckin has devised a pattern-numbering system that is common to all of his books which permits him to catalog additional patterns as they are documented, and include them in subsequent books. A referenced pattern number may not appear in each and every book listed above.

Luckin's and McIntyre's books are excellent references that everyone interested in railroad china should own. Skoczen and Reed's new book on the Syracuse China Co. provides historical and product information on the largest producer of institutional china in North America. Krummes' book is the most exhaustive reference on inland waterway china available at this time.

Abbreviations used above:
b/s -- Railroad or train name is stamped on bottom of piece
NBS -- Not RR backstamped (may have maker's backstamp).
TM -- Railroad or train name appears on top, front or sides of piece.
Bauscher -- Made by Bauscher China Co., Weiden, Germany
Hall -- Made by the Hall China Company.
Syracuse -- Made by Onondaga Pottery Co./Syracuse China.
Buffalo -- Made by Buffalo China Co.
Shenango -- Made by Shenango China Co.
Scammell -- Made by Scammell China Co.

For more information, please contact Meg Coughlin at (215) 361-6176 or

This page was updated 12/02/00 by Meg Coughlin