Portable ditch lights

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Roscoe P. Coaltrain
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Portable ditch lights

Post by Roscoe P. Coaltrain » Tue Feb 19, 2019 2:57 pm

I saw CSX 8055 recently, and noticed that the rear ditch lights were not permanently mounted but seemed to be magnetically stuck on and powered by a thin looking wire that ran into an MU-style receptacle. When I saw it, 8055 was rear coupled to another SD40-2 and the "power plug" MU thingy for the lights was unplugged and draped over the rear cut levers, and a traditional fat MU cable connected the two engines.

When looking for shots of 8055 online running LHF, there are plenty showing the temporary ditch lights in operation. Between various photos, the lights are applied at different positions, and one photo even shows both rear lights at different elevations, implying they are magnetic stick-on of some sort.

I wonder if there is much of a difference in brightness between the temporary and permanent attached ones. Is it just a con job to get past the FRA and operate single units at track speed during these 'precision' times?

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Mounted wide and low http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPi ... id=5046996" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Engineer Spike
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Joined: Tue Mar 16, 2004 3:24 pm

Re: Portable ditch lights

Post by Engineer Spike » Wed May 22, 2019 8:43 pm

It’s no “con job” . CP had a pair at St-Luc shop. As long as they are bright enough, then who cares if they are permanently attached.

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