UK "Pen Pals"

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Tue Jun 6 14:13:08 EDT 2006

Dear Rob,
Unless somebody contradicts me, a headlight was not required as all railway
property was fenced/walled off. Thus, no animals or people were near the
tracks, and drivers(engineers) did not need to see what was out there.
Passengers were on elevated platforms (about three feet, I think), and were
not normally allowed on the tracks.
About 50 years ago trespassers were strictly pursued, and prosecuted.
Very best wishes,
Peter Prydderch, Stockport, UK

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>I have a UK rail question that I hope the Reverend can answer. It's

>something I've wondered about for a while. Steam - era British locomotives

>didn't appear to have headlights. Why was that? I would think that a

>headlight is absolutely essential for any night operation. Thanks for your



>Rob Doorack



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