"The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Railroad Lighting, Volume Two, The Railroad Signal Lamp" by Richard C Barrett with research by Joseph Gross and the author is a must-have for the serious railway lamp collector.
Printed only in 1999, this particular title is extremely difficult to find. We are delighted to be able to offer this one!
This great book outlines the history of how American railroads began to use, developed and perfected oil-fired signal lamps, which appear to have originated in the mid-1800s. These are the large units intended to be set in place (lamps), rather than hand-held (lanterns).
Included are chapters on all the known lamp manufacturers and the lamps they made, along with some unidentified lamps. (In-depth company history information appears in Barrett's Volume One; this book includes only brief company history overviews, due to the volume of lamp models discussed -- not just "switch lamps" but classification lamps, crossing lamps, marker lamps, semaphore lamps, bridge lamps, train order lamps -- and more, all explaining the various functions for which each type was used. Three appendices address signal glass; founts, burners and chimneys (incredibly valuable for identifying which should be used with which lamp); and railroad issued signal lamp drawings.
This is a hard cover book with its original dust jacket. It is approximately 9 inches wide by 11 inches tall, with 368 pages.
CONDITION is "bookstore new" - as you would find it on the shelf in a bookstore. There may be a very few light surface bumps from being looked over, but the only way to tell this book has been read is that it does not "crack" when it is opened. Condition is superb - exceptionally bright and clean with NO bumps, NO stains or writing on it, NO missing, torn or dog-eared pages.
SPECIAL NOTE: This book was written following the publication in 1994 of "The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Railroad Lighting: Volume I: The Railroad Lantern." Author Barrett had planned a series, with Volume Three to address rolling stock and structure lighting, but sadly this never came about due to the author's untimely passing away.
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