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Stewart "Start" Rhine

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Re: Switch lanterns on high mast switches
« Reply #15 on: October 09, 2020, 06:24:18 PM »
We have 4 Dressel switch lamps -

* Two are restored and are all set.
* One needs cleaning, a new wick and testing.
* One needs a fuel font/pot and burner. A Dressel or Handlan font will fit, the burner has to match the font. It also has a homemade bail that's not as strong as the factory Dressel bail.

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Re: Switch lanterns on high mast switches
« Reply #16 on: October 09, 2020, 07:28:14 PM »
So if I'm reading this discussion right, we need to two repaired and acquire 4 more to complete what we need for the entire RR.

Correct?

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Re: Switch lanterns on high mast switches
« Reply #17 on: October 09, 2020, 08:18:23 PM »
(8) total to cover the RR mainline (as it exists today), but with no spares.  Ideally one should have 1-2 spares.  And of course when we make our next expansion, (had to tease that),  There will be additional requirements. 
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Re: Switch lanterns on high mast switches
« Reply #18 on: October 09, 2020, 09:00:50 PM »
Keep in mind -

Some of the switch stands do not have the lamp mount finger so there would be some installation work.  Not sure how many of the mount fingers are missing, there are a couple spares in Alice's room but they may not be the Maine Central type.  Steve L. has the measurements for the correct sized pocket on the underside of the lamp maybe he will post the info. 

BTW - one of the current switch lamps has a slightly smaller mount pocket, it fits on the MEC tip but doesn't drop down as far.

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Re: Switch lanterns on high mast switches
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Re: Switch lanterns on high mast switches
« Reply #20 on: October 09, 2020, 09:35:58 PM »
The pocket size that we measured was 1 and 3/8 inch long by 1 inch wide. We did not measure the depth.

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Re: Switch lanterns on high mast switches
« Reply #21 on: October 09, 2020, 10:18:42 PM »
Depth should be 3"

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Re: Switch lanterns on high mast switches
« Reply #22 on: October 11, 2020, 12:28:58 PM »
Need to find member who lives close to Chicopee, MA.  Urgent need for member to pick up switch lantern for restoration.  Member will be forwarded funds for purchase and sundries.

Please P. M. John Kokas ASAP
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Re: Switch lanterns on high mast switches
« Reply #23 on: October 11, 2020, 03:37:20 PM »
I'm in Granby, CT now, which is pretty close to Chicopee. PM sent.