Inspection torch

Description
A Southern Railway locomotive inspector used this kerosene torch to inspect parts of a steam locomotive when natural light was inadequate. The a wick was stuffed into the spout that led into the kerosene-filled well of the vessel. A hollow handle allowed the torch to be carried.
Part of a small array of hand tools displayed in "America On The Move" - such tools were used in the inspection and repair of steam locomotives. Light repairs on steam locomotives were usually done in roundhouses at the many small locomotive terminals throughout a railroad's system; heavy repairs were done in a large, centralized repair shop serving the whole system (often referred to as the "Back Shop"). Most of these tools date from the early- to the mid-20th century, roughly 1900-1955.
Date made
1920s
used date
1840s-1950s
maker
unknown
Physical Description
tin (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 7 in x 16 in x 4 in; 17.78 cm x 40.64 cm x 10.16 cm
ID Number
2002.0075.10
accession number
2002.0075
catalog number
2002.0075.10
Credit Line
Gift of National Park Service
See more items in
Work and Industry: Transportation, Railroad
America on the Move
Transportation
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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