Railcar control panel. Photo by E. Wilde, 2002 Feb 3.  

Railcar control panels should have all of their functions clustered together in logical groupings. The flow of power through the system, and the selector switches, etc. that control it, can be denoted by black lines on the panel's face, so that one can follow the power from where it enters the car (on the left), through the contactors and selectors, and out to the car (on the right). Meters and indicator lights are meant to give an accurate status of all of the car's systems at a glance, helping to troubleshoot problems quickly. Photo by E. Wilde, 2002 Feb 3.