Railroad Shop Pit Light, Benjamin Electric, Vintage Industrial Lighting

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This 14.5" vintage, industrial light was once used in a railroad facility in Clifton Forge, Virginia. This fixture was used in the maintenance pit of a train repair facility to light the underside of a train car or engine. It was manufactured by Benjamin Electric Manufacturing Company between 1898-1958.

Inside of the heavy, cast, body of this light is a trough shaped reflector that allows maximum light output. A refractory, heat-resistant, square glass cover concentrates and projects light in a specific direction. The metal cage over the glass ensures this fixture will stand up to severe conditions.

Condition: Good for age and use. The metal body shows some surface oxidation and grime. Some lenses are cracked, will provide complete condition detail prior to shipping.

History: The industrial lights were salvaged from the maintenance pits of a railroad facility in Clifton Forge, Virginia. The salvage of this facility was, featured on the DIY Network show, "Salvage Dawgs", Season 8, Episode 11.
History of Benjamin Electric: The company was founded by Reuben Berkley Benjamin and filed its first patent for an electric lamp socket in 1898. The company went on to manufacture various other electrical products. In 1958, Benjamin was bought out by Thomas Industries, Inc.

Weight: 16 lb.
Parts List and measurements:


  • Exterior dimensions: 13"L x 8.25"W x 5.5"D (7/8" bracket on one side of housing)
  • Inside dimensions: 11.75"L x 6"W x 5.5"D

Reflector (porcelain enamel coated interior bowl)

  • Exterior dimensions: 12"L x 6.25"W x 4"D
  • Inside dimensions (close to front of light): 8.5"L x 5.5"W x 4"D
  • Inside dimensions (deepest part of bowl, at back of light): 5"L x 2.5"W x 4"D
  • Bulb hole diameter: 2"
Caged Lens in frame:
  • Comes with 4 bolts to attach frame to housing, 1.75"L and 4 brackets to attach cage to frame.
  • Maker's Mark on frame: "Benjamin Made in U.S.A."
  • Overall dimensions: 12"L x 8.5"W
  • Cage Dimensions: 11 1/8"L x 7.5"W x 1"D

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