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Diesel locomotive front
Posted by chorister on Friday, July 10, 2020 9:49 PM

What is the little red circle, light, or disc on the front of all diesel locomotives?

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Friday, July 10, 2020 11:32 PM

chorister
What is the little red circle, light, or disc on the front of all diesel locomotives?

Not seeing what you are asking about. Some MU cable boxes have red round covers. Could that be it?

Could you post a picture?

-Kevin

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Posted by doctorwayne on Friday, July 10, 2020 11:45 PM

chorister
What is the little red circle, light, or disc on the front of all diesel locomotives?

Beats me, as there's nothing like that on this one...

...or this one...

...or any of these...

...but after some effort, I did find this among my pictures...

...although the previous photos sorta challenges the mention of "...all diesel locomotives", and even the one shown above doesn't look all that red, either.

Perhaps you could show us a photo so that we can better understand the item to which you're referring.

EDIT:  Kevin's remark about the mu covers might be the item you mention, although I was looking for something more noticeable, like a light.  Some of the photos that I included do have red covers on the mu receptacles, but for the most part, they don't really stand out as a noticeable feature.

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Posted by Doughless on Saturday, July 11, 2020 6:50 AM

doctorwayne

 

 

 

 

EDIT:  Kevin's remark about the mu covers might be the item you mention, although I was looking for something more noticeable, like a light.  Some of the photos that I included do have red covers on the mu receptacles, but for the most part, they don't really stand out as a noticeable feature.

Wayne

 

Wayne, isolating the pic of what I think the OP was asking.  And it appears that Kevin's response was probably right.

Nice pics of NS 5028 too.

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Posted by doctorwayne on Saturday, July 11, 2020 1:35 PM

Doughless
Wayne, isolating the pic of what I think the OP was asking. And it appears that Kevin's response was probably right.

I think that you're right, Douglas, although I was looking for something a little more noticeable.  Hopefully we'll get confirmation from chorister.

Doughless
Nice pics of NS 5028 too.

Thanks.  I hadn't realised that I had posted two pictures of the same locomotive until you mentioned it - they were taken on the same day, but apparently with several other pictures taken between the shot with 5028 approaching and the going-away version, as the pictures in photobucket were not consecutive.

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Posted by SouthPenn on Saturday, July 11, 2020 3:41 PM

I noticed on a few of the photos there was red light on top of the hood. Maybe that's it??

Maybe a local railroad in the OP's area has some sort of red light on their diesels. 

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Saturday, July 11, 2020 4:27 PM

Doughless
Kevin's response was probably right.

If I am right about something in the Prototype Information thread, this would be an event for the ages!

-Kevin

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Posted by Overmod on Saturday, July 11, 2020 5:15 PM

SeeYou190
 
Doughless
Kevin's response was probably right.

If I am right about something in the Prototype Information thread, this would be an event for the ages!

Well, what do you know!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQkisoOyIyc

 

Sometimes the red thing might be both a light and MU covers -- here is a good 'test case' for the OP to reference:

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Posted by OldEngineman on Saturday, July 11, 2020 10:06 PM

On freight engines, it's for the 27-pin MU jumper.

Passenger engines have the MU connector, too -- but also you'll see 4 additional jumper outlets (2 on either side, just above the plow) for the 480 volt ac head-end power jumpers.

They aren't always red...

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