SD 70 & Ditch Lights

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LIRR272
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SD 70 & Ditch Lights

Post by LIRR272 » Thu Nov 17, 2011 10:23 pm

Hello,

I'm looking to see if the SD70 locomotive delivered to NS or aquired by NS came without ditch lights or where they an add on.

Thanks

NSDash9
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Re: SD 70 & Ditch Lights

Post by NSDash9 » Fri Nov 18, 2011 3:40 am

All of the NS EMD SD70's were delivered with front and rear ditch lights.


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illinoistrains
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Re: SD 70 & Ditch Lights

Post by illinoistrains » Mon Nov 21, 2011 8:21 pm

How often do they even use the rear ditch lights anymore?

Engineer Spike
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Re: SD 70 & Ditch Lights

Post by Engineer Spike » Thu Nov 24, 2011 7:07 pm

I think the rear ditch lights are.very practical. If the unit is running alone they are handy. The best part is that the unit can lead at full speed running backwards. This sometimes happens when a consist is put together, all units face the same way, and there is no place to turn one. In emergencies a unit may not be able to lead due to accident or airbrake failure enroute. If ther are no ditch lights, the unit must not exceed 20 mph over crossings.

illinoistrains
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Re: SD 70 & Ditch Lights

Post by illinoistrains » Fri Nov 25, 2011 1:43 pm

I can think of one incident a few years ago when a BNSF train was about to leave Phoenix and the lead unit broke down so they had to run it with the second unit as the lead . . . which happened to be a NS C40-9W facing backwards. I doubt they ran it all the way to California like this:

http://www.geocities.com/~aeromoe/9376chs.jpg

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