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Old 04-19-2011, 02:02 PM   #1
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Lionel 56 Prewar Lamp Post

I pick up an ebay junk lots some weeks back ... mostly Lionel prewar 1681 loco bits. But the lot also contained a prewar Lionel 56 lamp post base. I figured I'd give it a little t.l.c., and see if I can get this baby to shine once again.

Fortunately, I was able to order the missing lamp parts (canopy, top cover, finial, bottom knurled wire nuts, etc.) from Jeff Kane. I haven't had a close look yet, but I'm hoping they'll all assemble reasonably smoothly.

First pic is the ebay junk lot, with the lamp post shown in the upper right.

Second pic is the lamp post after a little strip-club action this morning. It'll get a fresh repaint, but I haven't thought about color yet.

Do you guys have any color suggestions?

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Old 04-19-2011, 02:06 PM   #2
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Well, I'd probably consider where it's going and match the color to that. What color were old lamp posts? Usually they were green or cream colored, right?
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Old 04-21-2011, 10:53 AM   #3
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Green - I have one.
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Old 04-21-2011, 11:14 AM   #4
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I have a couple of green ones, but I've seen them in a creme color as well.
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I've read that copper-colored ones were made, too, but are rare in their original paint.
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Green is early and Cream started in the 40's.

Your missing the top part and lens.
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Green is early and Cream started in the 40's.

Your missing the top part and lens.
Already in my parts "bag of goodies" on my bench from Jeff Kane.
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Old 05-16-2011, 03:22 PM   #8
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I see the light ... well, not quite yet ...

Hi guys,

An update on my Lionel prewar #56 lamp post rebuild. As mentioned above, I bought a lamp post base (only) as part of an ebay junk-lot find. Jeff Kane at the Train Tender hooked me up with the missing parts, and I've made some headway on the rebuild.

I painted the base and hood top with Krylon primer and satin Jade.

The photo below show how the parts will be assembled. From the top, we have (with part numbers):

Hood Top Ornament (finial), 57-15
Hood Top, 56-9
Celluloid Chimney, 56-2
Hood Bracket, 56-10
Lamp Post Base, (per #56)

Power runs to/from the lamp via knurled wire nuts. The left side runs power (via an insulated wire) up through the lamp post to the "nipple" of the light bulb. The light bulb socket is grounded to the lamp post itself, and, in turn, to the knurled nut on the right. So, we have:

Left Insulated Nut Assembly:
Knurled Nut w/ 4-36 thread, 88-2
Hex Nut, 4-36N
Fiber Washer, 61-13
< Lamp Post Base >
Shoulder Fiber Washer, 118L-11 (to insulate assembly from frame)
Solder Wire Lug, 82-43
4-36 x 5/8" screw

Right Grounded Nut Assembly:
Knurled Nut w/ 4-36 thread, 88-2
Hex Nut, 4-36N
Steel Washer, 151-30
< Lamp Post Base >
4-36 x 1/2" screw

The one part that I need to improvise/create is the little fiber washer that sits inside the lamp socket, to which the "hot" power wire is soldered, creating the "nipple" for the light bulb.

Cheers,

TJ

Lionel #56 Lamp Post ... See part numbers and descriptions, above.
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Old 05-16-2011, 03:46 PM   #9
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Look at a junk 022 switch lamp socket. Should have a fiber washer there. Bulbs for both look the same size.

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You can actually create the fiber washer from any stock and just drill the hole. Of course, any bayonet socket will have the correct size fiber washer with a contact all ready to go.
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