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    CIE lamps on diesel locos

    I've come across several pictures particularly from the B&T era and super train era where the loco which has both head lamps and marker lights has a white or black oil lamp in the lamp irons in the facing direction

    Why , what was this for


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    For many years after the end of steam, headlamps were carried as per old rule books to identify trains more than light their way; increasingly unnecessary, it was simply a throwback to older working practices.

    In the transition period, as long as there was one steam engine left, everything would have them.
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    For many years after the end of steam, headlamps were carried as per old rule books to identify trains more than light their way; increasingly unnecessary, it was simply a throwback to older working practices.

    In the transition period, as long as there was one steam engine left, everything would have them.
    “An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it. Truth stands, even if there be no public support”

    Never argue with an idiot. He will bring you down to his level, then beat you with experience.

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