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Close-up views of the Absolute Lower Quadrant signals
and a Signal Kerosene Lamp from Mt Gambier Junction Cabin.

Junction Cabin looking east towards the New Yard September 1989. 

Left:  Absolute Lower Quadrant signals.  Right:  Train Order Signal arm had been removed.
Top Signal: Normal speed for Main line to Mount Gambier Station.
Bottom Signal:  Low speed signal for entering the Mount Gambier new marshalling yard.

These signal arms are big and heavy
Here close-up of those Mt Gambier Junction Absolute Lower Quadrant signals and signal lamp.
The metal part of signal arm is solid cast iron.
Note:  Top long arm:  (normal speed)  Red and Green glass. Main line.
Bottom short arm:  (low speed)  Red and Yellow glass. Deviating off main line into marshalling yard.

Front of signal lamp
Front view.  (This is the  light that the engineman sees through the coloured signal glass)

Left side of lamp with peep hole Rear of signal lamp Right side of signal lamp attached to signal post
Pic 1 Pic 2 Pic 3
Pic 1:    The plain glass peep-hole is for checking height of the wick flame. Adjusting wick flame knob is seen jutting out of the RH side of lamp.
Pic 2:    This view is rear of the lamp. The curved glass on a metal slide you see, is so the lamp can be seen to be alight from opposite direction.
Pic 3:    Shows the long slot holder where the lamp sits attached to the signal post to hold lamp in correct rigid position.

Kero tank inside signal lamp  Kero lamp removed from signal lamp
LEFT:  Shows the kerosene tank set in position with glass and wick also a spare wick glass to right of lamp.
RIGHT:  Shows the kerosene tank and glass removed from the signal lamp. Also can just see the hole where the kerosene is poured in,
also the curved hook wire to pull the kerosene tank out of the lamp to easy clean wicks and glass inside lamps. Not too good on windy days.

Please realise that these lamps were filled atop the signal mast in all types of weather. 
Fun and games was had by all who had to climb the ladder with full kerosene can (see pic below) to refill lamp and trim those wicks twice a week. The high signals during windy weather were often near heart stoppers, but they had to be re-filled no matter what the weather was. At the Junction cabin it was the job of signalman to clean all the Junction signals.   At the Mount Gambier station a station porter serviced the station yard cabin signals, not the station signalman as it was a busy station cabin as there was a lot of shunting between the station yard and the marshalling yard.

Tony Byrne of Adelaide filling a kero lamp from a SAR kero can, taken in 1987.
This is the can that was carried up signals poles to fill the signal kero lamp.
Note: The new concrete slab and cabling for the new coloured  light 
signals that would soon replaced these kero signals.
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Taken the River Torrens side of the Adelaide rail yards. 

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