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Front Or Rear Of Diesel Locomotive.

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Pure nostalgia, Oct 16, 2017.

  1. Pure nostalgia

    Pure nostalgia Member

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    When instructed to connect wagons or coaches to the Rear/Front of a diesel locomotive, i have difficulty in knowing which end is the front and which is the rear. Is there a quick way if defining this please.
     
  2. SamYeager270

    SamYeager270 Well-Known Member

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    My assumption would be that the front is the cab in which I am. Secondly shouldn't there be an objective marker displayed? You may need to remove the objective marker from the HUD for this to work as designed.
     
  3. Daniel Bloch

    Daniel Bloch Well-Known Member

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    There is no front or rear, the front is allways the cab in wich direction the train goes and the rear where the wagons are. ;-)
     
  4. rwaday

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    American locomotives are designated F and R on the sides near the corresponding ends. When diesel locomotives were first being introduced most engineers were driving long end forward by tradition and the thought that the event of a crash they would receive more protection. Later to standardize the FRA required labeling the the ends and designated the short end as F (forward).
     
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  5. LastTrainToClarksville

    LastTrainToClarksville Well-Known Member

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    Are you asking about a particular engine?
     
  6. Pure nostalgia

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    No, i find it difficult to tell which is the front and which is the rear, it is not a problem until the instructions first in TS2017 now in TSW say " connect the wagons to the front of the loco" My general question was " Is there an easy way to tell which is the front and which is the rear of a diesel locomotive.
    Mike
     
  7. TrainSim-Steve

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    There is a technical front to the Class 66, the forward or No 1 cab/end is the one with the MCB cabinet in (if you look above the windscreen, on the forward upper panel, the cab number is always printed to denote which cab/end is which). In general operational terms, the front cab/end is always the cab/end that you're operating the locomotive from.

    The two terms are often interchangeable and I can understand the confusion, so we'll look at referring to them as No 1 and No 2 cab/end to avoid this in the future.

    Best, Steve
     
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  8. Pure nostalgia

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    Thanks Steven.

    Mike
     
  9. LastTrainToClarksville

    LastTrainToClarksville Well-Known Member

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    I ran the rescue scenario for the '66 yesterday which, among other interesting maneuvers, requires several cab switches and provides nicely clear instructions for carrying them out. My compliments to the scenario maker!
     

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