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Old 12-14-2013, 05:45:59 PM
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I picked this up at an auction today. I know its not a yellow dog but some faxcimily of one. Made by the Dayton Malleable Iron Co. The number down at the bottom looks like M96 to me. anyone ever seen this style and know anything about it? Comments welcome
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It's called a shop torch often used by RR companies.
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What the H*L is it ? How is it used how old tell us all about it.

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It was replaced by the modern day, flashlight
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what did it burn did it have a wick tell us all about it . was it before lantern ?

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In the steam railroad world it is known as a locomotive torch. They don't work worth a hoot for making useable light but they work very well for finding air and steam leaks. Its loud in rail shops and a lot of the workers were half deaf. Run the torch down a pipe and look for a change in the flame. You can pinpoint a leak in no time. In a pinch you could use it as a light source but the lanterns of the time made much better light. The torch uses a round wick that fits fairly snug in the cap. They will burn about any fuel type oil but back in the day signal oil would have been used. Later on kerosene.
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Thanks CS why the name yellow dog? What is signal oil I thought it was kerosene back then.

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Hmmmm, signal oil must be what they used in this...



Yellow Dog refers to an oil field lamp. Same type of wick as post #1, but with two spouts and two flames.
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Supposedly got its name from the glow of the two wicks looking like a dogs eyes glowing yellow in the dark.
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Signal oil was a lighter, less viscous oil, than kerosene.
It burned with a different flame and light frequency than kerosene and it was cheaper. The lanterns of the time that where built to burn signal oil had large combustion chambers also known as tall globe lanterns. Kerosene became the standard railroad lighting fuel during WW1 when the war effort took all available signal oil stock. Short globe lanterns designed to burn kerosene then became the 'standard' lantern. Rather than change back at the end of the war the railroads continued to use kerosene until the advent of battery powered trainman's lanterns.
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