Here is a fine old steam locomotive headlight made by Pyle National Company of Chicago that still has its identifying number placards on the glass side panels. It is as-found, original and unrestored - and needs a new home where it will be preserved and appreciated. Below you will find all the background I was able to gather about this headlight, along with descriptions of its current condition.I've included 12 photos - the maximum allowed in a listing - but I have many other images available, so please message me with any questions or additional photo requests. I'm no expert on railroad items - but after 32 years as a newspaper reporter, I'm a decent researcher and offer the following details - with links to source sites - about the No. The headlight once adorned a steam locomotive built in 1893 by Burnham, Parry, Williams & Company (doing business as as Baldwin Locomotive Works) in Philadelphia. The factory - one of the largest in the world - had been founded in 1831 and boasted in its 1877 catalog that it had manufactured 3,886 locomotives as of that date. 6267 was a standard gauge locomotive that weighed 116,000 pounds and pulled a tender with 3,300 gallons of water. It was one of just two engines in its class and both were built the same year - 1893 - for the Western New York & Pennsylvania Railway. The new owners renumbered them 6267 and 6268.
Which was a major national and international locomotive rebuilder/reseller. After its overhaul, the former No. C&L and its successor, Seaboard Air Line, operated the engine until late 1923, after which it was most likely scrapped. Based on the available data, the headlight numbered 6267 would have been in use from approximately 1900 to 1908. It was found in an old building in upstate South Carolina, so it may have come to this region from the Atlanta-based Southern Iron & Equipment Co.
The last entity to possess the locomotive with that number. The headlight appears complete, but the main light bulb in the reflector is missing.
The thick glass cover, which swings open on iron hinges, has a small ding (see closeup photo) near the center. The massive silvered reflector appears clean and smooth with no cracks. The original tin hood is intact with a small crease on one side (see photos). It could be fixed but I will let the next owner decide how to proceed. Inside the light are various electrical components, including a light bulb that I think was used to illuminate the glass window panels on each side that displayed the No.
One of the panels appears complete with original number cutout and an unbroken glass pane. The glass in the other side is broken (into just two pieces) and still has its original "6267" cutout, but the glass no longer has the frosted white paint on one side to allow the number to show up clearly. Please NOTE: During photography for this sale, I replaced the broken piece of glass into the panel and secured it with small pieces of tape (see photos) and put a folded sheet of white paper behind the glass before closing the door. Thus, it illuminates and shows the number quite well, but it may warrant repair by the next owner.I used a colored pencil and paper to make a "rubbing" (see photo) to show as much of the verbage as possible. It is approximately 17 inches in diameter (excluding the iron legs); 19 inches wide at the number panel doors; and 23 inches long from back to tip of front hood (17 inches long without the hood). We are in Augusta, Georgia - not far from where it was found. If the cost is higher, I will not charge anything extra. That's everything I can think of to share.
Thanks for reading this far, and please message me with any questions or if additional photos are needed. SOURCES for historical details above.
It appears links will be removed upon listing - so message me if you'd like a bibliography of sorts detailing where the information above was found. The item "Pyle National steam locomotive headlight 1900-1908 Pennsylvania Railroad train" is in sale since Monday, August 19, 2019. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Transportation\Railroadiana & Trains\Hardware\Lanterns & Lamps". The seller is "mrlurebox" and is located in Augusta, Georgia.
This item can be shipped to United States.