H&F Railway Large Headlamp

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Object Type

Trolley Part

H&FRHS Catalog ID


Date or Period



Entire System

Credit Line

Richard Benjamin

Storage Location

Hobbytown USA Window Exhibit


On nearly every H&F trolley, headlights were removable and spent more of their time hanging or sitting in a storage location on board the car than in use.  When the evening came or poor weather was expected however these bright lamps illuminated the tracks ahead so that any obstacles, crossings and stops could be seen clearly.

This headlamp came to the Society captioned as having been assigned to Freight Motor #1, the largest H&F trolley.  In reality research has shown that these headlamps were often interchanged between cars and similar lamps have been seen on the passenger cars as well.

This lamp was illuminated by a carbon rod type bulb.  H&F lamps ran on D.C. power, with the body of the fixture grounded to the trolley body and a single pronged, wood handled plug which would be inserted into a wooden-block socket on the underside of the car.

This lamp came to us with the front glass missing and a portion of the bulb glass missing.

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