Common Railroad Item: Uncommon History
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While working at up at Tilden one day, I struck a conversation with one of our numerous passengers, as I usually do. This particular individual and I started talking about railroad topics as I usually do, which led to this story, and eventually the Item you see before you.
It’s probably one of the most widely produced lanterns produced for railroad use in the Mid-20th Century. It was Manufactured by the Conger Lantern Company of Portland, Oregon (Patent No. 2653218 ) in 1940. The Lantern uses two small round incandescent bulbs in the bottom, similar in size to a large Christmas light bulb, one larger than the other. Powered by an unusual 6V battery I’d imagine it has a good deal of power for a long time. The Flashlight Museum appraises this particular model at a whopping $15.00 in value.
Interestingly, each of these lanterns have stamped metal reporting marks indicating which railroad bought them originally. Obviously mine is stamped for the AT&SF. If you look closely below, you can spot the lettering at the far left, just above the seam in the chromed metal.
Hopefully, the entire history of this lantern will appear in this space tomorrow, Stay tuned.