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Section 21: Stopping Markers

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In September 1990, stop markers worded "E stop" [21.50] were provided on the Up platform at Gleneagles station, and suspended from the roof over Platform 1 at Inverness station (Scottish Region). These markers apply only to Class 158 ('Express') diesel multiple units. The one at Gleneagles was removed in December 1990.

[21.50] "E Stop" Marker.
Area: Gleneagles / Inverness   Usage: Low   Status: Current

The 'InterCity 225' trains entered service on the East Coast Main Line in 1990. These trains comprise a Class 91 electric locomotive, nine Mark 4 coaches and a driving van trailer (DVT). At both ends of Dunbar station in June 1991, stop markers reading "IC225 stop" were provided [21.51]. These markers only apply when the train is being driven from the locomotive (not the DVT). Stop markers with the words "DVT 9 locomotive" were installed at Berwick-upon-Tweed station [21.52].

[21.51] InterCity 225 Stop Marker.
Area: Dunbar   Usage: Low   Status: Current
[21.52] InterCity 225 Stop Marker.
Area: Berwick-upon-Tweed   Usage: Low   Status: Current

By 1991, yellow boards bearing a letter "S" [21.53] were being installed as temporary stop markers on the London Midland Region instead of the illuminated indicators previously used (see [21.10]).

[21.53] "S" Board.
Area: London Midland Region   Usage: High   Status: Current

In June 1991, stop markers applicable to Travelling Post Office (TPO) trains were installed on the Fast line platforms at Luton station and on Platform 1 at Bedford station. These had the words "TPO stop" in yellow on a red background [21.54].

[21.54] TPO Stop Marker.
Area: Luton / Bedford   Usage: Low   Status: Historical

Stop markers for Class 253 and 254 High Speed Trains were installed at the south end of certain platforms at London Euston in September 1991. The boards, which read "HST stop" in red letters [21.55], are suspended from the platform canopies on the approach to the buffer stops.

[21.55] HST Stop Marker.
Area: London Euston   Usage: Low   Status: Current

From October 1991, special stop markers consisting of a white cross on a black or blue background [21.56] were provided at certain stations on the Southern Region, located beyond the platforms. These denote the stopping position for Class 319, 455 and 456 trains composed of eight cars.

[21.56] Stop Marker.
Area: Southern Region   Usage: Unknown   Status: Uncertain

Car stop markers can be installed at the lineside (or in the 'four-foot') remote from a station platform, at places where trains regularly stop to make a reversing movement. The colours on these car stop markers are often reversed (i.e. black characters on a white background) to give them a distinctive appearance [21.57], which reduces the risk of a driver opening the train doors by mistake.

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

A car stop marker may include "EMU" or "electric" in its wording to show that it applies specifically to electric multiple unit trains [21.58].

[21.58] EMU Car Stop Marker.
Area: Various   Usage: Low   Status: Current

After Network SouthEast was disbanded in April 1994, car stop markers bearing its branding (see [21.47]) were discontinued, although a similar blue background usually featured on new car stop markers provided inside its former territory [21.59 & 21.60]. Some of the new markers had the relevant train operating company's branding at the bottom [21.61].

[21.59] Car Stop Marker.
Area: Various   Usage: High   Status: Current
[21.60] Car Stop Marker. Click Here for Photo
Area: Various   Usage: High   Status: Current
[21.61] Car Stop Marker with train operating company branding (e.g. Silverlink).
Area: Various   Usage: High   Status: Obsolescent

Stop markers applicable to Eurostar trains and indicating the appropriate number of vehicles are provided on the international platforms at Ashford International station [21.62].

[21.62] Vehicle Stop Marker.
Area: Ashford International   Usage: Low   Status: Current

At some stations on the Merseyrail system, the identification number of the platform starting signal (where one is provided) is stated on any car stop marker that is positioned some distance back from the signal [21.63].

[21.63] Car Stop Marker with signal number (e.g. HN201).
Area: Merseyrail   Usage: Medium   Status: Current

Automatic fume extraction equipment is installed above Platforms 18 and 19 at London Victoria station. Diesel trains therefore normally use those platforms. Drivers of DEMUs (diesel electric multiple units) must stop the train with the leading cab adjacent to the special stop markers provided on the approach to the buffer stops [21.64].

[21.64] DEMU Stop Marker.
Area: London Victoria   Usage: Low   Status: Current

In April 1998, stop markers applicable only to Thameslink trains were installed at certain stations on the Brighton line. These had yellow figures on a blue background [21.65].

[21.65] Car Stop Marker.
Area: Thameslink   Usage: Low   Status: Historical

Certain stations on the East Coast Main Line are located on a steep gradient. Drivers of Class 253 and 254 High Speed Trains or trains composed of Mark 4 vehicles are required to place the brake controller in the "hold" position when stopped at the platforms concerned. Suitably worded marker boards were provided from January 1999, with the letters "HST", "Mk4" or "HST / Mk4" at the top [21.66].

[21.66] "Hold" Stopping Marker. Click Here for Photo
Area: East Coast Main Line   Usage: Low   Status: Uncertain

'Mid-platform marker boards' of a new design were provided at Birmingham Snow Hill station in February 1999. These comprise a white board, across which is a black horizontal band with a gap in the middle [21.67]. This type of sign was adopted as standard in 2003.

[21.67] Mid-Platform Marker Board. Click Here for Photo
Area: Birmingham Snow Hill (subsequently All Areas)   Usage: Medium   Status: Current

From 2000 until 2005, Class 373 (Eurostar) trains leased to GNER operated over the southern part of the East Coast Main Line. Stop markers reading "Class 373 stop" on a blue background [21.68] were provided at the stations where they called.

[21.68] Class 373 Stop Marker.
Area: East Coast Main Line   Usage: Medium   Status: Obsolescent

The Sudbury line platform at Marks Tey station is sharply curved. In preparation for Class 150 DMUs being introduced to the Sudbury line in 2001, four raised access platforms were fixed to the existing platform in positions corresponding to the train doors, to reduce the stepping distance for passengers. Because these platforms were not intended for use with Class 153 DMUs, separate stop markers were provided in May 2001 for each type of unit [21.69]. In the Up direction, the stopping position for both classes was the same, and an additional stop marker for all trains was provided [21.70]. These markers were removed in 2010, when Class 150s were prohibited from working on the Sudbury line.

[21.69] Stop Marker (e.g. applicable to Class 153 units).
Area: Marks Tey   Usage: Low   Status: Historical
[21.70] Stop Marker.
Area: Marks Tey   Usage: Low   Status: Historical