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wmwalker


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« Reply #15 on: August 29, 2013, 10:30:36 PM »

Fred
It is a Flashing Rear End Device.(F.R.E.D.) its the light on the end car of the train instead of the Caboose. The ones I have seen most of them do not flash and sometimes do not work.
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« Reply #16 on: August 30, 2013, 12:29:13 AM »

More than just a flashing light:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flashing_rear-end_device
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« Reply #17 on: August 30, 2013, 08:34:40 AM »

FRED stands for "Flashing Rear End Device", or also, Flashing Red End Device.  It is a flashing red light that can be installed on practically any rolling stock to identify the end of a train. 

Since the advent of air brakes, brakemen were no longer necessary on railroads, and thus the caboose was no longer needed to house them.  FRED provided a far more versatile means of identifying the end of a train than a caboose.

I understand the "F" in  FRED had a different connotation to the unemployed brakemen though!
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« Reply #18 on: August 30, 2013, 08:46:49 AM »

Dom

What's a car with a FRED?Huh??

F.R.E.D-Flashing Red Emitting Device attaches to the coupler on the trailing car of a train as a warning device for any following trains. Look for them when you dont see a caboose.   
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M1FredQ

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« Reply #19 on: August 30, 2013, 09:58:55 AM »

Thanks everyone!!!

My other son Freddy loved it!!!!!
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TrainmanGene

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« Reply #20 on: September 27, 2013, 03:01:09 AM »

A Fred is the Flashing rear end devise on the rear of a train also known as a ETD End of train devise which replaced the Caboose.
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« Reply #21 on: October 01, 2013, 08:03:39 PM »

 Railroad exec friend of our family told us Cabooses may be making a comeback.

I don't have many details and he said he is not at liberty to openly talk about it YET!!!!!
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