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Section 21: Stopping Markers

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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 [21.72 & 21.73]. A stop marker applicable to any length of train has no figure but bears the word "stop" [21.74].

[21.72] Car Stop Marker.
Area: Virgin Trains   Usage: High   Status: Current
[21.73] Car Stop Marker.
Area: Virgin Trains   Usage: High   Status: Current
[21.74] Stop Marker.
Area: Virgin Trains   Usage: Medium   Status: Current

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 [21.75].

A stop marker with a letter "T" at the bottom [21.76] applies only to services that turn back at the station.

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

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 [21.77]. The driver must stop the front of the train at this precise spot. Another variant states the class of train to which it applies [21.78].

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

Stop markers with a white background [21.79] are provided at locations other than station platforms where Class 390 'Pendolino' units regularly turn back.

[21.79] Stop Marker applicable to Class 390 units turning back.
Area: Virgin Trains   Usage: Medium   Status: Current

In the Scotland Zone, certain stop signals that are positioned a short distance ahead of station platforms were designated as 'remote platform starting signals'. When one of these signals displays a 'danger' aspect, drivers of passenger trains having completed station duties are not allowed to draw up to the signal to await its clearance. They must instead remain at the station, so as to prevent the situation where the train would be partly alongside the platform. So that signals designated as remote platform starting signals are readily identifiable to drivers, experimental signs were installed on the Edinburgh - Glasgow line in 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' [21.80 & 21.81]. In most cases, a telephone number is displayed [21.80] and the driver will contact the signalman using 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 [21.81].

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

In 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" [21.82]. If the platform starting signal (number VC628) is showing a 'danger' aspect, the train must be brought to a stand at this sign, located at a distance of 21 metres from the signal.

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

A board worded "ATP car stop" [21.83] was provided at Aynho Junction in 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 2011.

[21.83] "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 diamond shape above the telephone number was omitted on these later examples [21.84].

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

A separate car stop marker may be provided to indicate the stopping position for trains that will turn back at the station [21.85 - 21.88]. These indicate a different stopping point to the normal position, for trains that are to reverse.

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

Special stop markers for reversing trains, with a purple background [21.89], were installed at Ipswich station in 2003 and subsequently also at Witham and Reading.

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

At stations managed by Southeastern, a car stop marker with an additional "T" sign underneath indicates the stopping position for services that will turn back [21.90].

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

A special stop marker was provided in 2004 on the approach to signal NS301 situated to the north of Birmingham New Street station [21.91]. The sign applies to drivers of Class 390 'Pendolino' trains to ensure that the pantographs of those trains do not come to rest too close to the nearby booster transformer.

[21.91] Class 390 Stop Marker.
Area: Birmingham New Street   Usage: Low   Status: Current