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When did train engines get 3 headlights?
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IaGuy    Posted 04-27-2003 at 17:57:25       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I notice a string below about train hookups
and I may have come upon a learned train
bunch! In the last few years I see engines
with three headlights like the ones I say in
Europe several years ago. Is it a new law?
Does it work a lot better?


Slofr8    Posted 04-27-2003 at 19:54:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
There are actually four lights. Two close together up high (looks like one from a distance) and two spread apart down low. Yes, most locomotives are now required to have the "ditch lights" that you see down low on the front of the units. I say most because I think some of the older units were grandfathered and did not have to have them put on, but all of the newer units have them. They really light up nice for the engineer but are also there to make the train more visible to a vehicle at a crossing by putting them lower and at eye level.
If the unit I have is equipped with ditch lights but they are burnt out I can travel at the posted speed with the regular headlights. However, if I'm operating that same unit backwards and it is not equipped with ditch lights on the rear then I'm restricted to 25 mph. over public crossings. Strange but true.


DeadCarp    Posted 04-27-2003 at 19:00:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yeah i noticed 3 headlites on one lately - nice & brite look like halogens too - now if they just invented halogen brakes for trains, the poor guy could stop instead of having recurring visions of that vanful of nuns getting tie-died :)



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