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7186 at Patea on 543. 16 Feb 2012
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A very late 543 waiting for an even later 540. Patea. 16 Feb 2012
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544 in the loop at Patea. 18 Feb 2012.
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544 unloading at Whareroa. 19 Feb 2012
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Random shot from March last year.
AH
Darryl B
2/21/2012 09:53:28 am

What are the brackets on 7186 in front of the cabside window? Are they for a side mirror?

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AH
2/21/2012 11:12:47 am

Yes DB they are wing mirrors. If you look closely you can see the back of the mirror.
7186 was one of the "loaners" to the Auckland metro pool running push-pull trains in the suburbs, and as such required the wing mirrors as part of the safety systems for dealing with the public, allowing the driver to see what was happening behind him at a quick glance instead of getting RSI in his neck from looking back at every station.
Many locos have them fitted, including all the DC's and DFT's that are, or have been in Auckland Metro service.

AH

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