Posted by: bgtwindad | November 28, 2011

Light from the Past

  by BGTwinDad
, a photo by BGTwinDad on Flickr.
My wife and I were “antiquing” in a little shop in South Charleston, WV when I stumbled across this little gem.  It’s a brakeman’s lamp, I know not what vintage.  On the top of the cap of the lamp is stamped the logo of the Pennsylvania Railroad.  Lamps like these would have been used by brakemen (and I suppose other railroad crew members) to signal trains at night.  By holding the lamp or swinging it in various ways, they would indicate different messages to the engineer.

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