Eardington is lighting the way

I am a volunteer lampman at Eardington station on the Severn Valley Railway, where we have set up a small lamp room dedicated to the repair, restoration and display of railway lamps from the pre-electric era.

We have a modest collection of working hand lamps, signal lamps, loco lamps, platform lamps and related items. The station is lit entirely by oil, as there’s no electricity supply on site.

Eardington station lit up after dusk. There are plans afoot to open it at galas in 2019, as reported in issue 247. PHIL HARRIS

I wonder if any other preserved railway has anyone working in a similar role?

SVR trains don’t currently stop at Eardington, but here is an image taken at a recent steam gala, when we open the station for photographers and the public.

I would welcome hearing from other readers of your excellent magazine who are engaged in the preservation of historic railway lighting.

Phil Harris,
Bewdley, Worcestershire

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