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Section 21: Stopping Markers

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At some stations managed by Arriva Trains Wales, the car stop markers that apply to trains of different lengths show the relevant number of cars above and below a diagonal line in the manner of a fraction [21.67]. The letters "DMU" are added to the upper right-hand corner of signs that apply specifically to diesel multiple units [21.68].

[21.67] Car Stop Marker.
Area: Arriva Trains Wales   Usage: Low   Status: Uncertain
[21.68] DMU Car Stop Marker.
Area: Arriva Trains Wales   Usage: Low   Status: Uncertain

South West Trains installed its own style of car stop markers [21.69 & 21.70]. A stop marker applicable to electric multiple units may be suffixed with "EMU" [21.71]. At stations with short platforms, a stop marker with a letter "X" [21.72] beyond the platform end indicates the position where the front of an 8-car train should stop so that all the passenger doors will be beside the platform.

[21.69] Car Stop Marker.
Area: South West Trains   Usage: High   Status: Current
[21.70] Car Stop Marker. Click Here for Photo
Area: South West Trains   Usage: High   Status: Current
[21.71] EMU Car Stop Marker.
Area: South West Trains   Usage: Low   Status: Current
[21.72] "X Car Stop" Marker.
Area: South West Trains   Usage: Low   Status: Current

Stop markers with the legend "ECS" were provided at the west end of Branksome station in June 2001 [21.73]. These apply to empty coaching stock (ECS) trains reversing on the Down line. The markers are positioned such that most of the train can be drawn clear of the platform, with just the rear cab remaining on the platform for signal sighting purposes.

[21.73] ECS Stop Marker.
Area: Branksome   Usage: Low   Status: Current

From 2002, stop markers were introduced that applied only to Virgin Trains' 'Voyager' and 'Pendolino' trains. These have the letters "VT" at the top and white figures on a black background [21.74 & 21.75]. A stop marker applicable to any length of train has no figure but bears the word "stop" [21.76].

[21.74] Car Stop Marker.
Area: Virgin Trains   Usage: High   Status: Obsolescent
[21.75] Car Stop Marker.
Area: Virgin Trains   Usage: High   Status: Obsolescent
[21.76] Stop Marker.
Area: Virgin Trains   Usage: Medium   Status: Obsolescent

Services between London Euston and Holyhead are formed of Class 390 'Pendolino' electric units. Since the route is not electrified between Crewe and Holyhead, the Pendolinos are 'dragged' by Class 57 diesel locomotives over the non electrified part, where appropriate stop markers are provided [21.77].

A stop marker with a letter "T" at the bottom [21.78] applies only to services that turn back at the station.

[21.77] Stop Marker applicable to loco-hauled Class 390 trains.
Area: Virgin Trains   Usage: Low   Status: Obsolescent
[21.78] Car Stop Marker for services turning back.
Area: Virgin Trains   Usage: Medium   Status: Obsolescent

At certain locations, a more precision stop is required by drivers of longer trains. Where this is the case, the stop marker will have a letter "X" at the bottom [21.79]. The driver must stop the front of the train at this precise spot. Another variant states the class of train to which it applies [21.80].

[21.79] Precision Stop Marker.
Area: Virgin Trains   Usage: Medium   Status: Obsolescent
[21.80] Precision Stop Marker applicable only to Class 390 ('Pendolino') trains. Click Here for Photo
Area: Virgin Trains   Usage: Low   Status: Obsolescent

Stop markers with black characters on a white background [21.81] were provided at some locations remote from station platforms, where Class 390 'Pendolino' units regularly stop to make a reversing movement.

[21.81] Stop Marker applicable to reversing Class 390 trains.
Area: Virgin Trains   Usage: Medium   Status: Obsolescent

Certain stop signals that are positioned a short distance ahead of a station platform have been designated as 'remote platform starting signals'. When one of these signals displays a 'danger' aspect, drivers of passenger trains that have completed station duties are not allowed to draw up to the signal to await its clearance. They must instead remain at the station, to avoid the train stopping while it is only partly alongside the platform, since people may attempt to board it. So that signals designated as remote platform starting signals are readily identifiable to drivers, experimental signs were installed on the Edinburgh - Glasgow line (Scotland Zone) in November 2002. The signs, fitted to all car stop markers at the platform concerned, identify the signal ahead as a remote platform starting signal and indicate the means by which the driver should contact the signalman if the signal is at 'danger' [21.82 & 21.83]. In most cases, a telephone number is displayed [21.82], and the driver would use this to contact the signalman over the National Radio Network (NRN) (see Section 19). However, some signs advise the driver to use the telephone on the platform, where one is provided [21.83].

[21.82] Experimental 'Remote Platform Starting Signal' Identification Sign.
Area: Scotland Zone   Usage: Medium   Status: Obsolescent
[21.83] Experimental 'Remote Platform Starting Signal' Identification Sign. Click Here for Photo
Area: Scotland Zone   Usage: Low   Status: Current

In January 2003, a special stop marker was provided on Platform 4 at Balham station. The marker, which applies only to Class 460 Gatwick Express trains, bears the legend "car stop mark if stopped on VC628" [21.84]. If the platform starting signal (number VC628) is showing a 'danger' aspect, the train must be brought to a stand at this sign, which is located at a distance of 21 metres from the signal.

[21.84] Special Stop Marker for Class 460 trains.
Area: Balham   Usage: Low   Status: Current

A board worded "ATP car stop" [21.85] was provided at Aynho Junction in March 2003. Its purpose is to indicate to drivers of ATP-fitted trains reversing at Aynho Junction and returning to Bicester North, the precise location where to stand. The train must be stopped at a precise location to enable the ATP Train Control system to set up correctly. This board was removed in March 2011.

[21.85] "ATP Car Stop" Board.
Area: Aynho Junction   Usage: Low   Status: Historical

In 2003, further 'remote platform starting signal' identification signs were provided throughout the Scotland Region. The small diagonal square above the telephone number (see [21.82]) was omitted on these later examples [21.86].

[21.86] 'Remote Platform Starting Signal' Identification Sign.
Area: Scotland Region   Usage: Medium   Status: Obsolescent

A separate car stop marker may be provided to indicate the stopping position for trains that will turn back at the station [21.87 - 21.90]. These indicate a different stopping point from the normal position, for trains that are to reverse.

[21.87] Car Stop Marker for reversing trains.
Area: Various   Usage: Low   Status: Current
[21.88] Car Stop Marker for reversing trains.
Area: Various   Usage: Medium   Status: Current
[21.89] Car Stop Marker for reversing trains.
Area: Various   Usage: Low   Status: Current
[21.90] Car Stop Marker for reversing trains.
Area: Various   Usage: Low   Status: Current

Special stop markers for reversing trains, with a purple background [21.91], were installed at Ipswich station in December 2003 and subsequently also at Witham and Reading.

[21.91] Car Stop Marker for reversing trains.
Area: Various   Usage: Medium   Status: Current

At stations managed by Southeastern, a car stop marker supplemented by an additional "T" sign [21.92] indicates the stopping position for services that will turn back.

[21.92] Car Stop Marker for services turning back.
Area: Southeastern   Usage: Low   Status: Current