Posted 2 months ago
This German calcium carbide lamp was a bit tatty when I bought it so I decided to tidy it up a bit. It had peeling black paint when I first got it from a seller in Croatia. Cleaning the old paint off exposed the original green colour but I decided to spray it black.
This was a wartime railway lamp which still works a treat as I bought some calcium carbide to get it working.
The water reservoir slowly drips into the bottom container onto the calcium carbide, which then releases a gas which can be ignited.
I had to replace the front glass as the original had a crack but after posting this I realised I never pushed the tags down to secure the glass.
The side panels have sprung loaded hinges that can be closed. I've seen some of these in pictures with red & green glass on the sides, used for signalling.