Jump to content
  • 0

Oil headlamps on GM diesels, what was the point?

Rate this question



Noticed a few photos going around of new and nearly new GM diesels (already equipped with electric lighting) sporting steam-era oil headlamps.


Also there are CIE publicity shots of a 001 in SuperTrain garb and modern electric lights also carrying white-painted oil lamps.


When did oil headlamps cease to be used? Not counting RPSI specials and similar here.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

1 answer to this question

Recommended Posts

  • 0

The oil headlamps were mainly to assist the signal man to identify the class of an approaching train, though most GSR/CIE mainline passenger and goods trains used to display the UK Express Passenger code (a lamp over each buffer) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Train_reporting_number#Headcodes.


The practice of using oil headlamps seems to have died out in the early 1970s when CIE introduced a computerised train control and the 1st stages of widespread CTC.

Edited by Mayner
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Answer this question...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

  • Create New...

Important Information

Terms of Use