Finding Fairmont

A search through the sketchy history of Fairmont Railway Motors’ engine manufacturing

Someone has to keep those oil-burning signal lanterns going! Imagine having to climb the tower, bring down the lantern, trim the wick, fill it with oil, light the lantern and then climb the tower again to put the lantern in place, in all sorts of weather – day after day. Such was the life of a signal maintainer before the development of electric signals.
Photo circa 1927.