Antique railroad primary battery cells and unused oil bottles is a free online Railroad Discussion Forum and Railroad Photo Gallery for railroaders, railfans, model railroaders and anyone else who is interested in railroads. We cover a wide variety of topics, including freight trains, passenger and commuter railroads, rail news and information, tourist railroads, railway museums and railroad history.


New Member
Hello all, I am seeking information on a interesting find I have. A while back our company purchased an old great northern railway depot and when cleaning it out found a cardboard box about 18 inch square and inside were 6 containers of "caustic soda" in immaculate cans, along with many unopened jars of yellow oil in small glass bottles. And the best part 4 still wrapped in paper battery cells. All unused. Box says Waterbury battery primary cells, Waterbury, Connecticut.

I am wondering how to date this, or value or what. There is even a old tag on box from the receiver in Edinburg ND.

I can add some pics when I get home. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to - An online railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used railroad books. Railroad pictorials, railroad history, steam locomotives, passenger trains, modern railroading. Hundreds of titles available, most at discount prices! We also have a video and children's book section. - An online model railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used books. Layout design, track plans, scenery and structure building, wiring, DCC, Tinplate, Toy Trains, Price Guides and more.

Affiliate Disclosure: We may receive a commision from some of the links and ads shown on this website (Learn More Here)