I'll start with some context... I'm working on a Bachmann 20, and for the life of me can't get the cab-end headcode panel out to change it from its current class 1 headcode to something more suitable for use on a colliery branch. Tried the usual duct tape method, tried carefully prising it out, no joy. (If anyone has suggestions for other methods, these may render my question purely academic!). Naturally, I got to thinking of a suitable cop-out. I'm sure I've heard that, back in the days when headcodes were generally expected to be displayed, a loco unable to display the correct headcode would carry headlamps denoting the train classification, as per steam locos. Indeed, I've found a couple of photos to back up this theory, such as https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]
/4019219839 . I wonder, though, if anyone could suggest when this rule would have died out, either being officially dropped or gradually ignored? Could I get away with this as a cop-out on a loco modelled ca.1968-70?
Thanks in advance for any help!