Last Update:  January 30,  2012
Railroad Lanterns & Lamps Series
Handlan Oil Fired Lanterns
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Handlan Locomotive Lantern - CCC & STL Railroad
This Handlan is a neat and rare lantern in that it's a heavy base locomotive lantern.   Lanterns with solid steel bases were used on locomotives where they were often stored on the
floor or nearby and the solid steel base kept them from tipping over.   Railroads used to require that locomotive crews have at least a clear and red globe lantern for emergency use.   
This Handlen was made for the Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis Railway.   This railroad operated under that name until 1922, so the lantern would appear to date to prior
to 1922.   It has a unique globe that is probably considered a short globe compared to the tall globe lanterns, but is taller than the standard Kero globe that would later become very
popular and commonly used.  0028 0014
Handlan Locomotive Lantern - Unmarked
This Handlen is also with a heavy steel base.   Lanterns with solid steel bases were used on locomotives where they were often stored on the floor or nearby and the solid steel base
kept them from tipping over.   Railroads used to require that locomotive crews have at least a clear and red globe lantern for emergency use.   This Handlen is not marked for a
railroad.  The red painted lid is actually a factory option offered by Hanlen per their own 1950s catalogs.   The red being a quick way to identify which globe and lantern type it was when
sitting on the floor of a locomotive cab.    The globe is a taller fresnel globe that is unique to the Handlen lantern and only fits this style of lantern.   The heavy base was simply welded
onto the base of a standard lantern which is not how most locomotive lanterns were made.   However photos in the Handlan catalog confirm that this is how Handlan made them.   
The wire base was not cut off prior to welding on the heavy base like most other companies did.  0052  0015  
SOLD.
Handlan Locomotive Lantern - Pennsylvania Railroad
This Handlen was made for the Pennsylvania Rairoad and is stamped with the PRR logo on the lid.   The story is that this lantern was brought home by a Handlen factory worker and
was never actually used shipped to the railroad.    The lantern may have too defective to be issued to the railroad, but still usable or maybe was stolen.  We just don't know.  But the
stamped logo is not quite centered and this could be one reason it didn't pass inspection.   It didn't come with a globe or burner, so I added them.   The plating is original.  We suspect
this lantern dates to the 1950s or so.  0013  0010  
SOLD.
Handlan-Buck Lantern - CCC & StL Railway
This Handlen was made for the CCC & StL Railway which stands for the Cleveland, Cincinnati & St. Louis Railway.   The CCC & StL operated from 1889 through 1922.   This lantern,
which includes the frame and burner only as shown here, was likely made by the Handlan-Buck Company sometime around 1900-early teens.
0026  0019  
SOLD.