Here’s a question for the experts. When did step lights start appearing in the stairwells of locomotives? They seem standard on new locomotives, and sometimes appear as a retrofit on older ones. Here’s Great Western 2232, an ex-ATSF GP7 with liberated exhaust and a Cleburne cab, switching cars in Fort Collins North Yard back in 2008. The install is a bit “how ya’ doin’?”
Sometimes these appear behind the steps, shining down, looking less like an afterthought. Here’s one in the front stairwell of chop nose Omnitrax Switching Service GP7 4285 in 2007.
The application? I’m wondering if any A&O or NR&W locomotives would have step lights in 1968.