The FGW fleet have been undergoing this mod for some time now, yet the only difference you'll see is when they are lit. Maybe this is a way for GNER depot staff to readily ID the modified one's more easily?
No they haven't. FGW have done a like-for-like replacement of the marker and tail lights with LEDs, but the headlights are the same. GNER had replaced the tail lights with LEDs a few years back, but the new mod is a complete replacement, with new headlights and combined marker/tail LEDs.
On Tue, 29 Mar 2005 16:25:16 +0100, Daniel Bound wrote in , seen in uk.railway:
So they tell us. Which is why they now fit headlights which are so bright that they reflect back into your eyes off lineside foliage making it difficult to see, and which (at best) distract or (at worst) effectively blind drivers of oncoming trains for minutes at a time, meaning that those drivers can't actually see trackside workers who haven't reacted to the oncoming train.
The headlights now being fitted are dippable in the rest of Europe, to minimise the risk of distraction. In the UK, where we are supposedly so much more concerned about safety, they ain't.
And in the UK drivers complaining about the intensity of the lights are told they don't know what they're talking about. After all, what would a train driver know about the effect of train headlights? They only drive the damn trains, after all.
Am I bitter about this? Yes, I am. And so are a lot of other train drivers.
Um, that used to be the case, yes. But it's my understanding that at some point there was a change of philosophy, with - in particular - the headlamps being bright enough that retro-reflective signs could be used instead of lighting them all.