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Reply to "Passenger Trains and Mars Lights"

@Number 90 posted:

Mars oscillating headlights were not popular in the Northeast.  The DL&W ("Lackawanna") did have EMD E8A units equipped with Mars Lights.  The Lackawanna trains terminated in New Jersey, and you would have finished your trip on a ferry.

The Pennsylvania Railroad -- while it did not normally use oscillating headlights -- did purchase a small number of passenger diesels so equipped:

  • One BP20 Baldwin sharknose DR6-4-20 with a Mars Light, in 1948 and
  • Two EP22 EMD E8A's with Pyle Gyralites, around 1952.

I am not certain that these orphan Pennsy locomotives retained their oscillating headlights into the 1960's, but someone on this Forum probably knows.  And they were diesels, so I do not know if you were riding outside the electrified zone.

This isn't really relevant to the topic, but didn't some K4's and possibly a T1 or two have some kind of oscillating light installed as well?

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