Engineers' Hats & Clothing?

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by RobertInOntario, Oct 15, 2007.

  1. RobertInOntario

    RobertInOntario Active Member

    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!

  2. jbaakko

    jbaakko Active Member

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


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

    MadHatter Charging at full tilt.

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

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

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