Which side for the driver?

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Which side for the driver?

Postby End2end » Fri Feb 26, 2021 11:58 am

I'd like to add an engine driver to a loco of mine but I'm not sure which side of the loco would the driver sit in a loco like this?
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Does anyone know?
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Re: Which side for the driver?

Postby flying scotsman123 » Fri Feb 26, 2021 12:17 pm

The cab controls are more or less symmetrical to allow the driver to drive from either side depending on where the shunter on the ground is.
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Re: Which side for the driver?

Postby End2end » Fri Feb 26, 2021 12:45 pm

Thanks flying scotsman123. That makes it easy. :)
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Re: Which side for the driver?

Postby Mountain » Fri Feb 26, 2021 6:16 pm

Whilst most diesels in the UK were driven from the left, for increased safety quite a few shunters were made with duplicated controls. I do not know if it was a standard requirement and if all the litrle shunters were like this? Most of the more common ones were like the class 08 etc. (Or was it only the few that I saw?)

Does anyone know if it was standard for shunters to have this feature? It is interesting. What about class 03's? Ooh. I can ask as I know a man that will know!

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Re: Which side for the driver?

Postby Bufferstop » Fri Feb 26, 2021 7:29 pm

Most shunters had the controls arranged for easy observation either side, many of them could even be used looking the other way.
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Re: Which side for the driver?

Postby Ironduke » Fri Feb 26, 2021 11:32 pm

There's a class 06 shunter in this video https://youtu.be/hQvdahW6o18
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Re: Which side for the driver?

Postby End2end » Fri Feb 26, 2021 11:42 pm

Thanks Ironduke. I noticed in the video the driver was on the right. That's where I tacky waxed the driver in tonight. :D
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Re: Which side for the driver?

Postby Ironduke » Sat Feb 27, 2021 12:18 am

At one point the cab is so full of people you can't tell who is driving. You could always do that.
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Re: Which side for the driver?

Postby Mountain » Sat Feb 27, 2021 12:50 am

I remember a train I was working which I and my driver had recently taken over and the previous traincrew were relieved, and there was also a second pair of traincrew travelling with us, and we were all heading back to our depot.
Now as I had taken over the train I naturally dis a full ticket check which took me a few stations worth ot travelling to do, and when I had finished that along with my door opening and closing and platform duties, I was on the last stretch after the last station befoee our home depot. I opened the cab door and was surprized to see all the travelling staff crammed into the cab. I had to go in there because my kit was in there and I had to do an announcment ready for the next major station (I was not able to do this for the other stations though the locals knew where they were).
Now as I squeezed into the crowded cab all the staff in there started trying to frantically tell me something, and if everyone talks at the same time I can't tell what they are saying! Haha! I soon found out! They were trying to tell me not to shut the door as the handle was broken on the inside and it was why they were all trapped in there! Too late! Victim number five!

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Re: Which side for the driver?

Postby End2end » Sat Feb 27, 2021 2:11 am

:lol: :lol: That honestly made me laugh out loud!
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Re: Which side for the driver?

Postby Bufferstop » Sat Feb 27, 2021 11:26 am

It reminds me of when City of Truro was on loan to Vintage trains and they used it on what was basically a Shakespeare Express. We drove up to Tyseley to join it, it started at Snow Hill. It ran tender first to avoid it having to run light to Hatton Junction and back to Stratford to make the return trip. As it approached Tyseley you couldn't see the driver or fireman there were so many on the footplate, second fireman, owner's inspector, Network Rail Inspector, Pilot (acting as token through signalling work), all getting rather wet as it was raining, and the tender provides no shelter.
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