Brookfield Museum and Historical Society
   An Extended Learning and Research Center
165 Whisconier Rd, PO Box 5231, Brookfield, CT 06804
Tel (203) 740-8140

White Switch Light

This Kerosene Switch Light dates back to the days when all the switching was done manually by the “Yard Hands”. Each night they had to do the switching, cleaning, filling kerosene, and lighting the lamps. This lamp was brought to Brookfield from the Nickel Plate Rail Yards in Bellevue, Ohio. The rail yards were, and still are, a major rail switching yard servicing the mid-west for coal, freight, and passengers. These switching lights were replaced by very bright modern lighting in the 1940’s, and are now completely computer controlled. Imagine a rail yard bigger in area than the Town of Brookfield. 

The white display indicated that all was clear.

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