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I'd always thought the US coined the term steeple cab for an electric loco because they'd already used camel back for steam locos.

I also assumed that, with sloping 'bonnets' and with either a trolley pole or a pantograph accentuating the height of the cab, it was because of its profile.

Anyway here's a little 1902 cracker from Tyneside:

...though what on earth steeple cabs have to do with penguins and Fannit belongs to another thread.

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