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Section 21: Stopping Markers

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In December 2006, supplementary stop markers were provided at Southampton Central station in connection with platform sharing [21.111]. These apply to 2, 3 or 4 car trains stopping in the 'B' end of Platforms 2 or 3, and permit platform sharing with an 8-car EMU in the 'A' end. The platform number is specified on the signs, which have a white background to distinguish them from the ordinary stop markers.

[21.111] Supplementary Stop Marker.
Area: Southampton Central   Usage: Low   Status: Current

In June 2007, an advance stopping point marker comprising a large board showing a silhouette of a telephone handset [21.112] was provided approximately 160 metres on the approach to signal CO632 at Trimley, which controlled the exit from the Felixstowe North Quay line. An additional signal post telephone was located alongside this board. For environmental reasons, drivers were normally required to stop the train at the advance stopping point marker when signal CO632 was displaying a 'danger' aspect. In July 2017, a similar marker was installed on the line from Felixstowe Town, 251 metres on approach to signal CO624, which stood adjacent to signal CO632. Both markers were removed in May 2019 when revised signalling arrangements were introduced.

[21.112] Advance Stopping Point Marker.
Area: Trimley   Usage: Low   Status: Historical

Where provided, Selective Door Operation boards at London Midland stations have just the initials "SDO" in white on a black background [21.113].

[21.113] Selective Door Operation Board.
Area: London Midland   Usage: Medium   Status: Current

Stop markers applicable to South West Trains Class 450 or Class 444 'Desiro' electric multiple units have been provided at some stations. These bear the class number above the words "car stop" [21.114 & 21.115]. Strictly speaking, the inclusion of the word "car" on these markers is inappropriate, since the number "450" or "444" refers to the class of train rather than the number of cars. There is also a combined style of marker, which applies to both classes of unit [21.116].

[21.114] Class 450 Stop Marker.
Area: South West Trains   Usage: Medium   Status: Current
[21.115] Class 444 Stop Marker.
Area: South West Trains   Usage: Medium   Status: Current
[21.116] Class 44x/450 Stop Marker. Click Here for Photo
Area: South West Trains   Usage: Low   Status: Current

Northbound services operated by Class 450 units regularly couple together at Woking station to form a combined train to London. A special car stop marker at the London end of Platform 1 indicates where the first train should come to a stand. This includes the letters "AP" for "attach portion" [21.117].

[21.117] Car Stop Marker for Attaching Trains.
Area: Woking   Usage: Low   Status: Current

New stop markers for HSTs have been installed at various stations around the Western Territory, stating the applicable train formation in red at the bottom [21.118]. Similar markers at the east end of Platform 3 at Par station have the letters "HST" replaced with "NQY", standing for "Newquay" [21.119].

[21.118] HST Stop Marker (e.g. 2 power cars plus 7 coaches).
Area: Western Territory   Usage: High   Status: Current
[21.119] NQY Stop Marker (e.g. 2 power cars plus 8 coaches).
Area: Par   Usage: Low   Status: Current

Car stop markers at Southern or London Overground stations are coloured blue and have black and yellow diagonally striped surrounds [21.120 & 21.121]. Stop markers for trains turning back are prefixed with a letter "T" [21.122].

[21.120] Car Stop Marker.
Area: Southern / London Overground   Usage: High   Status: Current
[21.121] Car Stop Marker. Click Here for Photo
Area: Southern / London Overground   Usage: High   Status: Current
[21.122] Car Stop Marker for services turning back (e.g. applicable to Class 378 trains).
Area: Southern / London Overground   Usage: Medium   Status: Current

A distinct stop marker may be provided at platforms of Southern stations where Driver Only Operation (DOO) trains are required to stop next to viewing equipment such as a mirror. This bears the words "DOO trains stop here" and, in common with typical Southern car stop markers, has a black and yellow diagonally striped surround [21.123].

[21.123] Stop Marker for DOO trains.
Area: Southern   Usage: Low   Status: Current

At certain Southern stations with short platforms, boards are provided to advise the conductor on board a Class 171 'Turbostar' diesel multiple unit to operate the de-select when the train is too long for the platform [21.124].

[21.124] Class 171 De-select Board.
Area: Southern   Usage: Low   Status: Current

More variants of stop markers applicable to Virgin Trains services [21.125 - 21.130] were introduced subsequent to the original range (see [21.74 - 21.80]).

[21.125] Car Stop Marker.
Area: Virgin Trains   Usage: Low   Status: Obsolescent
[21.126] Stop Marker.
Area: Virgin Trains   Usage: Low   Status: Obsolescent
[21.127] Stop Marker applicable only to Class 390 ('Pendolino') trains.
Area: Virgin Trains   Usage: Low   Status: Obsolescent
[21.128] Stop Marker applicable only to Class 221 ('Super Voyager') trains.
Area: Virgin Trains   Usage: Low   Status: Obsolescent
[21.129] Stop Marker applicable only to 'Voyager' trains.
Area: Virgin Trains   Usage: Low   Status: Obsolescent
[21.130] Precision Stop Marker.
Area: Virgin Trains   Usage: Low   Status: Obsolescent

A car stop marker bearing the word "electric" in addition to the usual "car stop" applies specifically to electric units [21.131].

[21.131] Car Stop Marker for electric units.
Area: Various   Usage: Low   Status: Current