Southern Railway Target Station Signs


SR Targets


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Most Southern Railway Stations had Green & White enamel Target signs which were generally mounted on the Station's lampposts as in the picture from Seaton Junction Station, shown on the right, that was taken in 1962.

The unflanged signs were mounted on a wooden backing board down the centre of the sign, which was then attached to the post or in some cases to the station buildings.

 Over the period of their use targets were produced with a variety of different sizes and layouts. Words such as 'Halt' were put on the green round section under the name.

 With nationalisation of the Railways in 1948 a corporate image Totem sign was introduced  and in most  targets were replaced in the early 1950's.

 However some stations retained them even when totems had been introduced, either as a mixture of both or sometimes just keeping the targets. An example of this was DORKING NORTH which only had targets right up until it received "Modern Image" signs.


Some examples of different sizes and layouts are shown below.



Schools Class Loco 30929 Malvern stands in Christchurch Station with a Station Target clearly in view on the lamppost. The photo was taken in the early 1950's. Christchurch Targets are "B" Grade in the rarity lists.

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