The 18 size 16j Railway King is DIETRICH GRUEN'S 1891 design for his best. Had a tough competitor with the 18 size 17j 1892 model the best from Waltham. Both designed for rr use and eventually had 23j. One sold for every 100+ Walthams? I consider (of course) my pre 1894 16j decorated version with choo-choo dial and sideways operating leverset the best example. Made while Gruen was boss. After 1894 Gruen was doing Gruens and the bankrupt Columbus was renamed New Columbus starting with serial numbers 500,000+ Until bought by Studebakers to form South Bend 1908?.
Photos 16j. Rare 15j, 23J both not mine. Note 23j marked King. Hampden enforced their rights to Railway marking after Gruen left. He was friendly at nearby Dueber Hampden and bought most cases from them. Added my 18S Hampden of similar age with Railway name rights