Help identifying NSWGR Headlight please

 
  PJ_1985 Beginner

Location: Upper Hunter Valley
Hello Everyone,

I'm a brand new member, and if I may, would like to quickly ask a question that has been plaguing me for years. I do hope that I have posted this in the appropriate forum.

Many years ago my Grandmother gave me a headlight off a NSWGR steam Loco as a birthday present, I believe it was purchased from the Richmond Vale Railway Museum in the late 80's or early 90s.

It has a serial number stamped on the front ring which reads 5771. It is of a design which first appeared sometime around the turn of the century and was on most loco's from 30T, 34 thru to possibly 57 and 58 classes. It is all Black with no Pin-striping (can put up a photo if need be).  

So I was wondering if anyone would have any clues as to what class of loco it may be off? I thought the obvious, that it may have been from a 57 class, however there were not 71 in the class. Of course there is the possibility that it may have been on a few loco's as well.

Your help would be much appreciated, thankyou,

Phil.

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  gordon_s1942 Chief Commissioner

Location: Central Tablelands of NSW
There were 'potable' headlights supplied to be placed on the Tender when the engine was running Tender first on unfenced lines after dark.
This could explain why that number is more than the class of Loco you thought it may have been fitted too.

For spares and uses like that, they could have had a 100 or more than there were Loco's to fit them on.
  PJ_1985 Beginner

Location: Upper Hunter Valley
That would make sense. The light itself isn't very heavy and the electrical connections are fairly straight forward, so I could imagine a few blokes hoisting it up and fitting it on the tender on short notice.

Do you think the locos already have the cabling on the tender or would it have been essentially an extension cord setup?
  gordon_s1942 Chief Commissioner

Location: Central Tablelands of NSW
All I remember was there was an extension cord with the portable headlight but I dont know where it plugged into.
I have the impression the lead was more than just a metre or 2 long but we need someone from loco to tell us.

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