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  RAILWAY ENGINE OIL LAMP
BRASS WITH GLASS LENS
SKU: NW1516

Our Price: $36.95

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IRON RAILWAY LOCOMOTIVE ENGINE OIL LAMPNobleWares Image of Old West Railway Engine Oil Lamp 1516 NW1516
This is a tender lamp. The tender, or coal car as some call it, provided the fuel for the steam engine. When the steam engine was moving backwards (i.e. tender first), it needed to show a white light to communicate with others in the train yard. This lamp stands about 10.5" tall, and features a single clear lens is approx 5 3/8". Complete with hinged lantern door, ventilation ports and two handles for hanging and carrying. Whether you are filming a old western railway scene or gathering your family for dinner, this lamp is certain to have them all aboard in a jiffy.
 
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THE RAILWAY LANTERN
Figuring prominently into every aspect of America’s Old West history is the railroad. Involving ingenious entrepreneurs, armies of workers, and the ultimate conflicts with Native Americans and outlaws, railroad history, tales and innovations are yet another fascinating aspect of westward expansion. The very nature of operating a train and a train yard meant that you required a means of communication. During the days of the Old West, the noise and distance involved with train operations pretty much ruled out speaking or yelling. Any device used would also have to be portable, since those working on the line were constantly on the move. The kerosene lantern was a portable, efficient light source, that could be easily seen. While flags and semaphores might work during the day, the most effective means of nighttime communications was the kerosene lantern (oil in the earlier days).
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