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Andrew Figallo
Posted on Thursday, April 20, 2006 - 02:57 pm:   

I have a complete 14" Pyle National Headlight that is made almost entirely of copper plate. The lense is cracked but the refelctor looks to be intact. I have it up for sale over here:
http://www.railroadiana.org/pgBSW.php if anyone is interested. I live in MN and would rather not deal with shipping such a large and heavy item. Send me an email if you are interested in photos and negotiating a price.

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Posted on Tuesday, April 18, 2006 - 07:46 am:   

For Sale: 12" diameter Pyle National headlight reflector. in good condition. Needs re-silvered. I paid $300 for it and would like to get that out of it.

Debbie Huzey
Posted on Tuesday, March 14, 2006 - 01:42 pm:   

We have a Pyle National train headlight not sure of the year or type of train. It has a round dome shape lens and has the inscription Pyles National Co.,Chicago Illinois. It is still in very good shape.The casing holding the light and lens is an orange color. Not sure if original color or painted. Any ideas about date and type of train it was used on would be appreciated. Thanks, D Huzey

Harvey Pelley
Posted on Sunday, January 01, 2006 - 05:56 pm:   

I am looking for two Pyle-National lights. They are the type that would have been used as a back light on a coal-tender.

Harvey Pelley

Posted on Monday, October 17, 2005 - 10:13 pm:   

I have just purchased a Pyle-Nat'l headlight. It came from a Northern Pacific steam locomotive.
I believe that the date of manufacture would have been in the 1920's.
Would there be any manufacturer's engineering drawings available for such an item ?


Posted on Saturday, October 16, 2004 - 03:11 pm:   

I am asking for help in identifying a Pyle National Chicago lamp. The lamp has two clear lens set 90 degrees apart. The lamp is spherical in shape and designed to look like a hard hat divers helmet. The base is iron and the top part is non-ferris material.On the inside of the lamp are two blue lens that can be rotated via an outside lever that allow the lamp to be converted into a blue light. Due to its shape, I doubt that it is a railroad lamp but rather a nautical one. The lamp also has am iron bail attached to the top and the base has two projecting lugs that look like they could be slid into some kind of a mounting. The top of the lamp is marked "The Pyle National Company Chicago U.S. PAT NOV. 25, 1824. I would really appreciate any help. I have sent an email to the CEO of the Pyle company with no result. Cheers Jerry

Al Abbott
Posted on Sunday, August 15, 2004 - 12:35 am:   

I was recently given two Pyle National Lights.
My knowledge of electric lighting is limited as I mainly collect kerosene lanterns and lamps.
The lights are round and have two magnifying lenses on the out side and two blue lenses on the in side mounted in such a way that the light color can be change from white to blue by turning a handle on the out side.
The patent date on the lights in Nov. 1924.
There is a number CL22x cast into the lamp if this helps.
Does any one know what these were used for and where I can get more info on Pyle national.

Posted on Thursday, May 27, 2004 - 12:38 pm:   

Pyle National still is in business but they no longer make headlights, but they do make jumper cables. they are near Chicago.

Will Martin
Posted on Sunday, April 04, 2004 - 10:48 pm:   

There is a company that took over Pyle-National and they are still making locomotive headlights/gyralights. The first address is the main website, the second is for the headlights.


Dave Leonard
Posted on Monday, December 02, 2002 - 05:56 pm:   

Looking for any and all leads on where I may be able to get a replacement reflector and/or lens for a 14" Pyle-National headlight. I purchased one recently, and both the lense and reflector were smashed in shipping due to total incompetence on the part of the packer (Mail Boxes Etc). Any leads would be appreciated!


Dave (hickory-hill@rcn.com)

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