Lord Atmo wrote:
although IMHO it's an outdated term meant to apply to high hood units that really didnt have a front or back end. But now that the "short hood" is called the "nose", it's clear which end is meant to be the front.
Your "explanation" holds no water- the term is not outdated and every locomotive has their forward direction clearly labeled on the frame with a large "F" (this goes for everything from GP7s to RS3s to C44-9Ws). The designation of the forward end of the locomotive was important for the operating crew when giving switching instructions ergo a unit running "long hood forwards" could make a backwards move switching- take a look at this Erie Lackawanna GP7- note the "F" on the frame on the forward end of the locomotive...http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPi ... id=1219894
and here's a Milwaukee Road GP9 with the forward end of the locomotive clearly marked-http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPi ... id=1878496
and even in cases where you assume that the "short hood" or "nose" is the front end....http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPi ... id=1587952
yeah, that's right that NW "short hood" C30-7s forward end is actually the "long hood"- notice how the "F" is back by the radiators. Same thing with this low short hood SD40-2...http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPi ... id=2703309
in short- don't make assumptions, read the frame!
There's an F? What the cheezits? I never knew! Well ok by railroad terms, they can define the front end. But remember, I see a face on the cab. so as an unfortunate result, I'll always see the cab/nose/short hood end as the front....Even in those instances where I'm "wrong". Something I call "Atmovision". also remember, I was joking in the first reply I posted here. It's not "backwards", that's just how I will always see it because of the whole "face" thing.
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