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Old 18-05-2018, 11:43 PM   #11
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OK I've managed to source some replacement windows. So a repaint is on. Would it look terribly out of place if I did an early green one with the centre headcode?
I believe the very first batch may have been the split headcode versions but they were soon followed by the centre headcode versions. I dont think there was much of a gap in time. The split headcode versions had the horns mounted below the bufferbeam while the centre type had them on the roof. (In general). There were also two different body styles with the centre headcode types. One had a detonate line with the bufferbeam below and the other was more curvey with the body flowing into the outer sides of the bufferbeams.
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Is a good idea to use a passenger headcode at one end and a freight train headcode at the other end.
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Where do I find what the head codes mean??

Does anyone think the roof of this engine is black or am I just seeing things?
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Stick your hand behind a lorry exhaust pipe and see what colour it is.
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Yes but were they originally black, some of the other pics I've found appear to have a grey roof?
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There should be headcode descriptions online. When I worked on the railways, I worked on passenger trains which were classes 1, 2 and 5. (E.g. 1V97).
The 1 is an express service. While they are normally taken by higher speed locomotives like a class 158 or a HST or class 175, sometimes due to shortages one could find a class 143 working them and to be honest, as the 143's are so quick accelerating, they can keep to time despite having a top speed of around 80 (Officially 75 mph).
Class 2's are the local services which would have a slower speed DMU. Could be engine and coaches worked etc. A class 2 service is normally either a city service, or a service that stops at all the little stations, or a branch line service. (E.g. a passenger train service which is not classed as an express train).
A class 5 is a passenger train which is an empty service.
After the first number comes the letter. I can't remember if they were codes to describe the destination or where the services started from.
The last two were the number of the individual services.
One interesting service I always loved working were "Zolos". These were any train of any type which were not normal booked in services. They could be empty trains or with passengers or even freight trains. (I only worked passenger trains). It was a welcome break from the norm and usually exciting services to work. The Zolo came from the phonetic term for the letter Z in the headcode.
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From around1976/1977 the headcode were no longer allowed to be displayed. This was the ruling trhat came after the "Great Train Robbery", where they decieved the signal man by reading the headcode at the front of the train. (One can't simply make up a random headcode and give it as it would stand out a mile to the signalman).
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