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Offline stephen lewis

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« on: October 21, 2019, 09:41:24 PM »
I have 3 sets of coaches; GWR Colletts, BR crimson and cream, Stannier Crimson lake, (rule 1?) I have fitted battery powered lights to the Stanniers with a flickering tail lamp to the end coach, I have saved up some money to purchase a second set of lights, and realised I don't know which is suited to my coaches as in flickering, flashing or solid tail light, I am certainly not prototypical, mainly due to a lack of knowledge but would any or one of these options be correct/wrong.
Is fitting working front lamps a possibility?
Any help greatly appreciated.
Steve

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Re: coach lighting
« Reply #1 on: October 22, 2019, 08:31:38 AM »
Flashing tail lamps on UK stock is a modern thing, so "Collets" and "Stanniers" would be either scrapped or in the hands of a preservation group before those came into use. 

In use, they'd carry a red oil lamp at the rear, which should be constant.  There's not much to cause it to flicker. 

Coaches don't have front lamps.   


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Re: coach lighting
« Reply #2 on: October 22, 2019, 05:04:00 PM »
Thanks Nigel, logical thought process would have told me that, if only!
Sorry I meant to say is it feasible to fit working front lamps on locomotives,
Thanks again Steve

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Re: coach lighting
« Reply #3 on: October 22, 2019, 05:36:30 PM »
Yes its possible to fit working lamps to fronts of N locos.  Depends how determined you are, and how close to dead-scale you want it to be.  Thin fibre optic is one way of getting light to a close-to-scale lamp on the front footplate of a loco, with the light source (I'd use a surface mount LED) buried underneath/inside. 

Diesels and electrics generally come with working front lights from the factory.  Its less common on steam locos,  though the Minitrix ones of the 1970's had front light bulbs on the Britannia and 9F. 

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