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Section 21: Stopping Markers

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In the 1970s, British Rail introduced a standard design of stop marker for multiple unit trains. Since these have the words "car stop" at the bottom, they are known as 'car stop markers'. The standard colouring is white figures on a black background [21.24], but this may be varied to match the colour scheme of other signage at the station concerned [21.25].

[21.24] Car Stop Marker. Click Here for Photo
Area: All Areas   Usage: High   Status: Current
[21.25] Car Stop Marker.
Area: All Areas   Usage: High   Status: Current

A car stop marker may show more than one figure where the stopping points for trains of different lengths coincide [21.26 - 21.30].

[21.26] Car Stop Marker. Click Here for Photo
Area: All Areas   Usage: High   Status: Current
[21.27] Car Stop Marker.
Area: Various   Usage: Low   Status: Uncertain
[21.28] Car Stop Marker. Click Here for Photo
Area: All Areas   Usage: High   Status: Current
[21.29] Car Stop Marker.
Area: Various   Usage: Medium   Status: Current
[21.30] Car Stop Marker.
Area: Various   Usage: Medium   Status: Current

Where a letter "S" is shown [21.31] instead of a figure, this indicates that the marker applies to trains of all lengths.

[21.31] "S" Car Stop Marker.
Area: All Areas   Usage: High   Status: Current

In July 1975, three car stop markers were placed at different positions in the 'four-foot' (between the running rails) of the Down platform line at James Street station (Liverpool). Drivers were required to stop at the marker bearing a letter relating to the destination of their train, i.e. "R" for Rock Ferry services, "B" for New Brighton services and "K" for West Kirby services [21.32].

[21.32] Car Stop Marker.
Area: James Street   Usage: Low   Status: Historical

The introduction of Class 253 and 254 'High Speed Trains', comprising a number of coaches with a diesel locomotive at each end, necessitated their own special stop markers being provided. In some cases these consisted of a sign bearing just a letter "H" [21.33]. In many places, however, the standard form of car stop marker is used, on which the usual figure is replaced by a letter "H" [21.34].

Stop markers for High Speed Trains were provided at certain terminus stations on the Western Region. These consisted of a segmented yellow disc suspended above the driver's eye level [21.35].

[21.33] "H" Stop Marker.
Area: Various   Usage: Medium   Status: Obsolescent
[21.34] "H Car Stop" Marker.
Area: Various   Usage: Medium   Status: Obsolescent
[21.35] HST Stop Marker.
Area: Western Region   Usage: Low   Status: Historical

Stop markers applicable to the Advanced Passenger Train (Prototype) (APT-P) were provided at Glasgow Central High Level and Motherwell stations (Scottish Region) in 1980. Each marker comprised a black square bearing a letter "S" in white and smaller letters "APT" arranged vertically on the right [21.36]. Drivers of the APT were required to stop the train immediately they lost sight of the marker, which was positioned in the 'four-foot' ahead of the actual stopping point.

[21.36] APT Stop Marker.
Area: Glasgow Central / Motherwell   Usage: Low   Status: Historical

In June 1981, stop markers with red and white diagonal stripes [21.37] were positioned on the buffer stops of Platforms 6 and 7 at Glasgow Queen Street High Level station. Drivers of High Speed Trains running into either of these platforms were required to stop the train immediately they lost sight of the marker board. Both marker boards were removed in 2016.

[21.37] HST Stop Marker Board. Click Here for Photo
Area: Glasgow Queen Street   Usage: Low   Status: Historical

The standard form of car stop marker may bear letters in place of the usual figure, to denote a specific type of train to which it applies [21.38].

'Gatwick Express' services began in 1984, running between Gatwick Airport and London Victoria stations. Car stop markers applicable to these trains were prefixed with the letters "GX" [21.39].

[21.38] Car Stop Marker (e.g. applicable to HSTs).
Area: Various   Usage: Medium   Status: Current
[21.39] Car Stop Marker for Gatwick Express trains (e.g. 6 cars).
Area: London Victoria - Gatwick Airport   Usage: Low   Status: Historical

A stop marker that bears one or more codes representing the type(s) of trains to which it applies may have the word "stop" at the bottom [21.40 & 21.41].

The types of trains to which these markers may apply are identified by the following letters:

The type of train may alternatively be spelled out in full [21.42].

[21.40] Stop Marker (e.g. applicable to loco-hauled trains).
Area: Various   Usage: Medium   Status: Current
[21.41] Stop Marker (e.g. applicable to DVTs and HSTs).
Area: Various   Usage: Medium   Status: Current
[21.42] Stop Marker (e.g. applicable to Cross Country trains).
Area: Various   Usage: Medium   Status: Current

Some later types of stop markers for High Speed Trains only apply to trains composed of the specified number of vehicles [21.43 - 21.45].

[21.43] HST Stop Marker (e.g. 2 power cars plus 9 coaches).
Area: Various   Usage: Medium   Status: Uncertain
[21.44] HST Stop Marker (e.g. 10 cars).
Area: Various   Usage: Medium   Status: Uncertain
[21.45] HST Stop Marker (e.g. 2 power cars plus 7 or 8 coaches).
Area: Various   Usage: Low   Status: Uncertain

In June 1986, British Rail's London & South East sector was re-branded as "Network SouthEast". Network SouthEast branding was applied to its trains and its stations, including even the car stop markers on station platforms [21.46].

[21.46] Car Stop Marker.
Area: Network SouthEast   Usage: High   Status: Obsolescent

In May 1987, a series of stop markers was installed at 21 yard intervals beyond each platform at Leighton Buzzard station and beyond the Down Slow line platform at Bletchley station. Each marker showed a number between 10 and 13 on a yellow background [21.47], and they only applied to certain train services when conveying more than nine vehicles. The driver was required to stop the front of the locomotive opposite the marker corresponding to the number of vehicles in the train, providing that the signal at the end of the platform was displaying a 'proceed' aspect.

[21.47] Stop Marker.
Area: Leighton Buzzard / Bletchley   Usage: Medium   Status: Historical