Cab and Ground lights on steam locomotives

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Tue Aug 29 20:56:32 EDT 2023

Not exactly the answer you are looking for, but hey, it's still a light!
And I assume the light could reach the ground! (rear cab roof)
Mike Rector
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On Tue, Aug 29, 2023 at 7:18 PM NW Modeling List via NW-Modeling-List <
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> Hi everyone.
> When were electric “ground” lights commonly applied to steam locomotives?
> I remember these under-cab lights on LS&I #33 (in the 1970’s), and I have
> recent photos of them on C&O #1309, NKP #765, Cass Shay #2, and Steam
> Town’s #26. I’m wondering if these were a post-steam (or late steam)
> additions, or if they have been around since steam had electric headlights?
> My working theory is that they have been around as long as electric; I see
> light fixtures for gauges in the excellent blackhead photos in the V&T
> collection that date from the late twenties, and found a drawing for the
> stoker light and conduit dated 1927,
> Attached is a photo of #26, with a very dim ground light by the fireman’s
> left shin, as reference - in case I’m not using the right term.
> The reason for the question is that I’m planning a locomotive lighting
> project for my 1938-era layout.
> Matt Goodman
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