Whilst reading “The Railwayman’s Pocket-Book” which had the fabulous castle class locomotive 7007 “Great Western” on the cover I found a great diagram on the Great Western Railway head lamp codes thought I would do a post on them. The head lamps arrangement was a method of classifying trains so they could easily by identified by ground and signal staff.
1) Express passenger train or break down train going to clear the line
2) Ordinary passenger train or break down train not going to clear the line
3) Fish, meat, fruit, horse, cattle, or perishables trains composed of coaching stock
4) Empty coaching stock train
5) Fish, meat, or fruit train, composed of goods, stock, express castle, or Express goods train, Class A.
6) Express cattle or Express goods, Class B
7) Light engine, or light engines coupled together, or engine and break.
8) Through goods, Mineral, or ballast train
9) Ordinary goods, or Mineral train, stopping at intermediate stations
10) Royal train
(Information taken from locomotive management from cleaning to driving 1909)
Thats all for now thanks for reading