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In the fledgling days of locomotives, before electricity, railway workers needed a method of communication that could be understood above the cacophony of trains. An integral part of that was the ability to be seen and signal from the tracks themselves via lantern. Typically, these lanterns consisted of a black metal housing, with an interior flame that was set behind clear and colored glass insets.
Between the light shining from the lantern and specific methods of waving said lantern, rail workers were able to communicate clearly, over a long distance and even at night. This method is so effective, that some countries still rely on it today.
Now you too can take a piece of this history home by purchasing the Railroad Lantern from Atlanta Cutlery. Our iron model features a kerosene burner on the inside, as well as a rotating case that permits you to cast red, green or plain light through a glass lens (included).