The Yahoo model-tram group yielded no response to the question repeated below. Maybe someone in this Google group can shed some light here.
Can anyone enlighten me on this one? I am building a 7mm scale model of the Snaefell Mountain Railway's coal tram 'Maria', No. 7. For those who are not familiar with this vehicle, David Lloyd-Jones described her as 'a bad smash between a runaway open wagon and two garden sheds [the cabs at both ends], mounted on a pair of power bogies'. All available drawings, photographs, and the full-size replica show a circular hole on the rear face of each of the two cabs. Located centrally just below the roof, this looks like the ideal headlight position. Except that it is on the wrong face of the cab.
What is this circular aperture for? And come to that, why did 'Maria' not have any head or tail lights? Were these perforated panels meant to be on the front faces, and did the carpenter make a mistake?
Am looking forward to your replies - as to any discussion of Manx rail topics.
Rob Kievit, Hilversum NL