1910s | All Aboard!

Railroad Lamp

Adams-Westlake “Non-Sweating” Signal Lamps, Gift of Goff Smith


The railway through Winnetka transformed the village into a modern suburb by making daily commutes in and out of urban Chicago easy and reliable. Although accidents were not uncommon before the 1943 track depression, these signal lamps made rail travel safer. Their “non-sweating” function increased safety by eliminating moisture and ice from accumulating on the lens.

All Aboard!, narrated by Joe Dooley

CLICK HERE to read more about the development of Winnetka’s railroad from an article that appeared in the Gazette.