Engineers' Hats & Clothing?

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  1. RobertInOntario

    RobertInOntario Active Member

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    Just wondering if anyone could comment on the history or "rationale" behind the traditional steam train engineers' garb, i.e. the black & white striped hats, overalls and red neckerchiefs. I suspect such colours and clothing were used because engineers worked in such smokey surroundings. The black & white scheme probably tried to obscure smoke & soot.

    FYI, in Britain, the steam "engine drivers" dressed differently again -- black caps and blue/black outfits similar to what a mechanic might wear.

    Thanks in advance!

    Rob
  2. jbaakko

    jbaakko Active Member

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    I thought the lines were there to make the clothing more slimming? Isn't that what vertical lines in clothing are supposed to do?

    *Kidding*

    I just read about hats in an OLD RMC, but there was no mention of the stripes.
  3. MadHatter

    MadHatter Charging at full tilt.

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    In Garfield's (As in the cat's) case, more like a watermelon. :mrgreen:

    Mm, interesting question, hope someone can provide some answers.