Loco Head Lamp Codes

N.E. Railway locomotives show lamps in the direction they are traveling to indicate to signalmen and other line workers the nature of their trains.  At RSME Rallies the locos show the correct prototypical head codes for the roster turn duty they are on.  The word descriptions of the lamp positions are from the point of view of the driver looking in the direction of travel.  The loco may be either way round.  Except Yard pilot engines, all trains show a single red lamp behind.

Head codes D, E and F are for 'partially fitted' or 'unfitted' trains.  Fitted refers to the trucks or stock having brakes under the control of the driver.

 

 

Yard Pilot  head code.  White lamp bottom right, red lamp bottom left;  at both ends.

 

 

 

 

Class A -  Express Passenger head code.  White lamp bottom right, white lamp bottom left.

 

 

 

 

Class B -  Ordinary Passenger head code. White lamp top center.

 

 

 

 

Class C -  Parcels Fish etc head code.  White lamp bottom right, white lamp bottom center.

 

 

 

 

Class D -  Express Freight 1/3 Fitted head code. White lamp bottom right, white lamp top center.

 

 

 

 

Class E -  Express Freight 1/4 Fitted head code.  White lamp bottom center, white lamp bottom left.

 

 

 

 

Class F -  Express Freight Unfitted head code.  White lamp top center, white lamp bottom left.

 

 

 

 

Class G -  Light Engine (no train) head code.  White lamp bottom center.

 

 

 

 

Class H -  Through Freight head code.  White lamp top center, white lamp bottom center.

 

 

 

 

Class J -  Mineral or Empties head code. White lamp bottom right.

 

 

 

 

Class K -  Pickup Goods head code.  White lamp bottom left.

 

 

 

 

 

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