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Old Mar 27, 2011, 01:31 AM
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Completed Project Choo...Choo...

Pretty cool little guy. Some of these are worth some coinage too. I picked this one up for $45.00, and restored it. Lots of elbow grease, but now I have a little something from the old steam engine railroad days to light my way when the power goes out. This sucker ain't made in China, and is way older than I am. It will burn with a nice consistant flame for about 9 to 11 hours on just a few ounces of the proper fuel. Many of these get rusted over time, and are difficult to find on the cheap in restorable condition. Hope to grab an amber one the next go around. You can still find an Adlake "new", but they don't have history.Thought I'd share.

Make: Handlan St. Louis
http://www.railroadiana.org/library/pgHandlanTour.php

Railway: AT&SF (Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe)

The hood is stamped and the globe is etched AT&SF, So its all original.

Several patent dates on the bottom with the last one stamped 1928.

7/8" wide wick on brass Badger burner.

Arlington N.J fount

Red means STOP


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Old Mar 27, 2011, 02:16 AM
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Nice,,,,good job...

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Old Mar 27, 2011, 05:41 AM
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Old Mar 27, 2011, 07:38 AM
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Sure is nicer than my old Stongebridge Folding Candle Lantern!
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Old Mar 27, 2011, 09:14 AM
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Neat! 9-11 hours! Wow! What kind of fuel?
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Old Mar 27, 2011, 09:18 AM
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Really cool, nice job of cleaning it up!
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Old Mar 27, 2011, 09:37 AM
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Cool.

We used to have two old railroad lanterns, one PRR and the other New York Central, that we used as camping lanterns back in the 70's-80's. We used to use either kerosene or modern lamp oil in them. We got the lamp oil at Kmart back then, and it came in several different scented varieties.

We sold both lanterns after we started using a Coleman propane powered lantern. I remember having to clean the soot off the inside of the railroad lantern globes after using them with kerosene.
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Old Mar 27, 2011, 03:33 PM
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Neat! 9-11 hours! Wow! What kind of fuel?
I'm using MVP Group International Florasense lamp oil # 73200 or #73201. It's an clear indoor/outdoor fuel, and has the correct flash point of 145 degrees. These flat wick lanterns (Mine is a "Dead Flame") need to use fuels that have a flash point of between 124 degree, to 150 degree depending on use, otherwise one runs the risk of a runaway flame which can be hazardous not to mention an lantern that simply won't function properly. Having the correct wick is just as vital.
Here's an informative page that I used as a guide. The attitude on this page reminds me of workiing at a gun club LOL...
http://www.lanternnet.com/faqs.htm
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Old Mar 27, 2011, 03:57 PM
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Cool.

We used to have two old railroad lanterns, one PRR and the other New York Central, that we used as camping lanterns back in the 70's-80's. We used to use either kerosene or modern lamp oil in them. We got the lamp oil at Kmart back then, and it came in several different scented varieties.

We sold both lanterns after we started using a Coleman propane powered lantern. I remember having to clean the soot off the inside of the railroad lantern globes after using them with kerosene.
I've got plenty of colemans. Boring! However, vital in camp unless of course one wants a good laugh at the sound of a friend or family member trip, and plunge into the dirt in a pitch black forest. The black soot is caused by turning them up too high. Kerosene also isn't as refined as some lamp oils suitable for these lamps.
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Old Mar 27, 2011, 04:00 PM
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Sure is nicer than my old Stongebridge Folding Candle Lantern!
I just took a look at one of those. Pretty neat. Great for backpacking.
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