From time to time, my husband John and I go hunting through the
eBay auction offerings for a
missing piece of railroad equipment for WP668, our backyard caboose.
There is something validating about the fact that there are 22,972 items
now for sale in the “Railroadiana, Trains” eBay category: we are not
alone in our interest in historic trains!
Last year, we bought a pair of original caboose marker lamps to fit into the
slots at either end of WP668 (see photos below). We are lethargically searching
for another pair for the other side. We paid $225 for our pair. I noticed another
larger pair sold recently for $1,242.50 (eBay Item number: 320198430842) and a third
pair of marker lights is now being offered for $550 starting bid (eBay Item number:
First, even after 9 years of regular eBay use, I am surprised that so much historical
railroad paraphernalia is for sale. Second, the prices are remarkably high. Clearly,
the market for obscure antiquities is both deep and rich.
Images Copyright 2007 by John Plocher