Lamp, Railway Signalling; Unknown manufacturer; Unknown; WY.1988.57.1


Lamp, Railway Signalling

About this object

This is a railway guard's signalling lamp. A railway worker could use the lamp to signal the locomotive crew at night to let them know what to do i.e. move forwards, move backwards or right of way when leaving the station, goods yard or siding.

Construction of the railway line between Edendale and Wyndham began in 1879. The line was to extend all the way to Fortrose at the coast via Glenham. Many in the Toitois district (Tokonui, Waikawa etc) opposed the line going through Wyndham rather than through Seawards Bush. The Seawards Bush route was only 17 miles over level or gentle rolling hills at a cost of 2,000 pounds a mile, compared with 41 miles through Wyndham and a cost of 3,000 pounds per mile. Due to construction of the Wyndham line having already begun, the opposition got nowhere, however, the line never made it to the coast. It is likely that this was due to the out break of World War One which took money and resources away from such infrastructural projects.


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Medium and Materials

inorganic, processed material, metal, tin
inorganic, processed material, metal, steel
inorganic, processed material, glass

Inscription and Marks

Handwritten in white mark on the left side edge: 'WY8857'


h 350 mm x w 135 mm x d 220 mm

Subject and Association Keywords

Communication (including Diaries and Letters)

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