Local Holophane Anaheims

With thanks to Davy Warren for identifying this rather obscure lantern, examples of the Anaheim can be seen attached to 1990s' Fabrikat mid-hinged columns on a footpath between Kingsway Park Close and Kingsway itself in the Mackworth area of Derby. Prior to the fitting of these lanterns in the mid-2000s, the columns supported Thorn Beta 5 35 W SOX lanterns; the reason for their complete replacement is unknown.

Although the footpath parallels the A38 dual carriageway and A511 Ring Road, which are lit themselves, its distance from these roads, along with the presence of established vegetation, means that dedicated lighting is required for it.

 

The lanterns appear somewhat ungainly when fitted to narrow 34 mm diameter brackets.

 

The footpath has a deceptively rural feel to it, thanks to the prominence of the trees. In the past, the locations of what is now the footpath, and the adjacent Kingsway ("Grand Canyon") roundabout, formed the Great Northern Railway's route between Mickleover and Friargate stations; albeit, at a lower level. Remains of a railway bridge parapet are still visible when walking the footpath, despite the line having closed in the 1960s.

 

Although some of the lanterns are fitted with photocells, the majority have shorting plugs fitted in their NEMA sockets (as did the Beta 5s); suggesting that the lanterns are group-controlled.

 

The column's hinge is clearly visible.

 

Two clips located on the side of the lantern secure the bowl, whilst one at the front secures the canopy.

 

The bracket can be seen entering the lantern through the alternative post-top mounting position. Ordinarily, a plastic insert would be placed in whichever position was not used - this is missing on many of the footpath lanterns. Incidentally, whilst having these lanterns situated post-top to the columns (i.e. removing the brackets and mounting the lanterns to the column spigots) would look 'tidier', the 60 mm diameter of the lantern's post-top spigot entry would be too narrow for the 76 mm column spigot, meaning that an adaptor would be required. Additionally, two different part codes existed, depending on the preferred mounting position.

 

A few of the lantern bowls are missing, though this does allow the 50 W or 70 W SON-T lamp to be seen in all its glory.

 

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