I'll try to respond to the following questions. I am doing this from
memory, since my back issues of MIBA and em are packed away. If someone
has corrections/updates, please post them.
> I am modelling DB Period 3 with steam locos (and others) running with
> 3three front lights. My questions are - for correct prototypical
> - When a (steam) loco is pulling a train the three fron lights would
> be on - also in daylight?
In daylight I am pretty sure that this was up to the locomotive
engineer's discretion. Some did and some didn't.
> - With loco in front - would the rear lights on the loco be turned on
> or off.
> - In shunting operations where the loco runs back and forth, single or
> with rolling stock: Would lights be turned on and off, depending on
> the direction of movement?
Headlights front and back are on for shunting, regardless of the
direction the locomotive is going.
> - In shunting at night: Would some poor guy have to jump back and
> forth to put a red lantern (or other red shining device) on whatever
> happens to be the tail end of the loco in its next movements?
A shunting locomotive does not carry an end of train marker while
shunting (see above). A single locomotive moving down the track would
have a red light or red sign.
> Simple, not? Light, please.
The bottom line is that for a steam locomotive you are going to be right
most of the time if your model shows 3 headlights burning front and