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Hi Tom,

    Yep, record / recording nut, audio nut, train nut...gotta squeeze some 
real work
in there somewhere!  But I'd rather go watch the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic 
Railroad's
snow plow in action in New Mexico!  Happy Holidays!

Lou

Lou Houck
Rollin' Recording
208 River Ranch Rd.
Boerne,  TX   78006
(830) 537-5494
(830) 537-5495 [ fax ]
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www.rollinrecording.com



----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Tom Fine" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Saturday, December 30, 2006 10:22 AM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Edison battery oil?


> Hi Lou/Ryan:
>
> Thanks for the quick info. The stubby glass bottle in that picture, on the 
> left, is what I have. OK, so I can't add that new wing to the studio but 
> it's still cool looking on the shelf!
>
> Because these batteries were used in rail signals, I bet my mother-in-law 
> didn't get this at a garage sale but probably one of my wife's older 
> siblings picked it up along the freight tracks that bordered their farm. 
> There was a crossing signal right on their road. Actually, one quick tale 
> for you train buffs. Those tracks were/are, I believe, owned by Conrail 
> (now CSX). Their primary function was to go between paper mills in 
> Lowville and Beaver Falls NY. Parked off a side street in Lowville --  
> still there today as far as I know -- is a snowplow engine with its own 
> manually operated turn-around at the end of the spur. There must be 
> another turn-around up in Beaver Falls so it can plow back and forth and 
> return to base. These places are just off the Tug Hill Plateau, headed 
> toward the Black River, so if you know upstate NY, you know how much snow 
> they get in a typical winter. I only saw the snowplow engine in action 
> once and it was an impressive sight. We were snowmobiling in the farm 
> fields and I noticed a cloud of powdered snow moving toward the farm edge 
> from Lowville. We zipped over there just in time to follow the plow all 
> the way along the farm border.
>
> Happy New Year!
>
> -- Tom Fine
>
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Rollin' Recording" <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Saturday, December 30, 2006 10:18 AM
> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Edison battery oil?
>
>
>> Hi Tom,
>>
>>    Here's some info from the Edison National Historical Site.
>>
>> http://www.nps.gov/archive/edis/edisonia/articles/batteryoil.htm
>>
>> I have a couple of these bottles myself...found them along the railroad 
>> right of way in New Mexico!
>>
>> Lou Houck
>> Rollin' Recording
>> 208 River Ranch Rd.
>> Boerne,  TX   78006
>> (830) 537-5494
>> (830) 537-5495 [ fax ]
>> [log in to unmask]
>> www.rollinrecording.com
>>
>>
>> ----- Original Message ----- 
>> From: "Tom Fine" <[log in to unmask]>
>> To: <[log in to unmask]>
>> Sent: Saturday, December 30, 2006 6:33 AM
>> Subject: [ARSCLIST] Edison battery oil?
>>
>>
>>> My wife found me a really cool little glass bottle at a garage sale. It 
>>> is embossed raised letters on glass, about the form-factor of a tiny 
>>> milk bottle, probably holds 4 oz. It's got Edison's trademark signature 
>>> on one side and the other side says:
>>>
>>> Edison Battery Oil
>>> Made in U.S.A.
>>> --------------------
>>> Thomas A. Edison
>>> Incorporated
>>> Bloomfield, N.J.
>>> U.S.A.
>>>
>>> So, can someone tell me more about it? What batteries would need oil? 
>>> What era would this be from? Thanks!
>>>
>>> -- Tom Fine
>>
>