I acquired this lantern from another collector in September 2004.
The lantern runs a 135W SOX lamp, and switching is by a RTE P5 thermal cell dating from 1988- which may possibly be the date of the lantern. The control gear is mounted remotely. This lantern was previously stood on the A30 somewhere near Exeter, and so is in weathered condition. It was also missing a lot of its internal equipment. This will be replaced and the lantern given a good clean and paint during its restoration.
Update- June 2006: I decided to complete the restoration of the lantern as it had been left for quite a long time. Firstly, I cleaned out the inside of the lantern, and then replaced the missing parts. This included a new lampholder, terminal block and also rewiring of the lampholder and NEMA socket.
Next the outside of the canopy was primed and finished in gloss white spray paint.
Finally the bowl was cleaned and fitted to the lantern. Although the bowl is complete, it is a vacuum formed replacement type, and so is pretty poor quality. In time I will endeavour to find an original GEC bowl for the lantern.
Claire Pendrous kindly got obtained a genuine outer globe for me (code: Z6854DR), and I fitted this to complete the restoration in September 2006. This bowl features separate refractor panels which are glued to the sides.
There were a pair of Z9554M lanterns in use in the Devon town of Buckfastleigh, but the final one was removed in 2004. There are still some Z9554M lanterns in use in the Exeter area, as well as one on the A35 nr Shute in East Devon.
The Z9554M was still manufactured by WRTL up until 2005; although latterly known as the MRL 135 lantern.
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