A red metal rectangular box. The end panels are fitted with two glass lenses - one red and the other white. At one end of the object is a plastic white knob. One side of the object has a hinged flap allowing access to the lamp housing. Imprinted on the flap is a Queensland Rail logo. Inside the box there is a place for a kerosene wick and and a separate light bulb socket for an electric light.
CH classification TRANSPORT Railways signalling lamp
L235 x W122 x H100mm
History and use
An electric side lamp was attached to each side of the rear of the brake van. This safety device served two purposes. The red lens faced backwards to alert any following train that there was a vehicle ahead. The white lens faced forwards so the crew members on the locomotive could see that all of their carriages were complete.
Side lamps were a feature of Queensland Rail operations for many years. Earlier models used kerosene fuel until Q.R. began utilising newer technology.
Side lamps are no longer used on goods trains following the removal of brake vans in the 1980s.