Flashing tail lights?

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  1. heart-of-wessex

    heart-of-wessex Established Member

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    I was at Westbury one day in the evening, and there was an ECS 150 on platform 3, engine off and that, and when i looked at the back from the end of the platform, its had its tail lights flashing.
    Any reason for having tail lights doing that (flashing like indicators) or were the lights just...broke :?


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  3. Simming

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    It Saves on Battery Power, If you had a Unit With the Tail lights left on, it would draw power from the battery, so they put a Tail lamp on. Its Either that or there is some rule about parking trains up. Ive seen 66s With a Tail Lamp flashing in the window, and the Main Reds off.

    Its all Very Wierd
     
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    Flashing tail lights always used to mean an emergency brake application had been made, I dont know whether the case is the same nowadays.
     
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    I'm not sure about the tail lights but if a Class 66 receives an emergency brake application, the headlights will flash alternately.
     
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    Flashing tail lamps are standard use now - it's very rare to see one that doesn't flash. Unless it doesn't light up at all - in which case it's probably one of EWS's lamps.

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    I think he is referring to the Group Standard tail lights on the unit itself, as opposed to the tail lamps commonly used on LHCS and freight trains.
     
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    yes just what I mean Alex, there was no tail lamp, so to save battery they can just 'flash' the tail lights of a 150 or whatever instead?
     
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    Flashing them would actually take more energy than leaving them on.
     
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    thats what I would have said! I come from an electrical background and so indeed it would take more power, seems silly
     
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