Passenger Consists ??

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bootednancy
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Passenger Consists ??

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Hello all:

I have a question, which may seem obvious to all of you (notice the way I said it, not that annoying Southern & Texas YA'ALL)...but is not done on passenger railroads here across the pond.

I have several older books on passenger trains from about 1920 era to 1980s. One of consists for LMS region trains shows that almost all of them from the 1930s to about mid 1970 era all have
either a Brake First or Brake Second (of either corridor or open configurations) AT EACH END OF THE SAME CONSIST. The earlier era steam train consists, some only 3 or 4 cars, still had this same practice.

Is Anyone able to explain WHY this was done??? It seems like a waste of two of the same type (brake-coach combines) car for the one train. By the 1980s the Mk-3 cars had taken over a lot of trains,
and since there were no combines, this practice stopped.

Thanks for your explanation
Doug
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