Robert Gift wrote:
Sir Ray wrote:Well, since David Benton asked nicely about it, and Mr Gift seems to be behaving himself
I asked nicely!
How have I ever misbehaved?! (Well, when I realized I was diverting off topic I brought it here.)
Well, seems people were treating you as a troll around these parts (particularly the 'Yawn' response'), and while I wanted to give some info, I didn't feel like being 'pwned' (yeah, I know that's so 1999). Since Dave Benton is a long standing member of this board, responding to him was safe. Sorry for the paranoia, been posting on Usenet too much recently I guess (where everyone's either your enemy, or a dog
I cannot believe the British were so cheap as to not install powerful headlights on their locomotives.
What aboutrees falling across the track? Or other objects on or fouling the track?
I presume by the time they appeared in headlights, it would be too late to stop in time.
But I'd want to at least be able to see them and begin brake application as early as possible and get myself prepared for it.
Hard to believe.
Hence my 'crock' line, because as we all know fences are impregnable and impossible to circumvent, particularly ones in remote moors and fens which consist of 4 strands of wire strung from thin posts. And of course motor vehicles never fall from bridges onto tracks, nor do hooligans (either the football or non-football kinds) throw large objects onto the tracks.
Look, obviously the engineer/train driver who wrote the responses I quoted lived it, while I've only seen images, so he's clearly trustworthy on this issue - but I agree it makes no sense. I've seen images of British tracks on docks or in industrial concerns (especially from the 1930s-1950s) - no fencing there, just tracks intersecting thousands of individuals potential paths - I could not image shunting a busy dock at dusk or night without a bright headlight, but apparently they did.
BTW for you initial question, try hunting around the web for Robot railroads in Ohio - you'll get a blurb of a 1979 Trains article, but you'll probably have to search much more to get actual info.