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About Railroad Lanterns

Once used when early diesel and steam locomotives ruled the tracks, a railroad lantern was required equipment for railroad workers before radio communication was available. You can find these distinctive pieces of American history on eBay, including globe, conductors', and inspectors' lanterns. Look for an antique railroad lantern made with brass or nickel plating as well as a clear and colored globe that protected the light source. Because people used the typical railroad lantern in the field, you may shop for railroad lantern parts to restore a lamp that is missing a few pieces.