Novel Application of Electric Lighting.
A novel but very sensible application of electric lighting to railway cars has been brought out in Boston, and has had a practical test, says a contemporary. It is the location of a lamp and reflector just under the sill of a passenger car, close by the steps. As the train approaches a station at night the brakeman turns on the current, and passengers have a clear view of the steps and station platform. The reflectors are placed in a lantern 7x7x7 inches, and are made up of reflecting facets or mirrors so arranged that the light will not be thrown in the eyes of passengers or others approaching the train, but will properly diffuse the light downward ami outward where it is needed. The lamp is a sixtccn-candle power incandescent bulb. The glass of the lantern case is semicylindrical in the front, so that there will be no shadows thrown by uprights or supports of the lantern body itself. The cost of the equipment is about $90 per car, and the cost per night, on a train making forty-five stops, was only twentyseven cents per night.