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SR Steam Locomotive Headsignals 1936

After the 1923 grouping that gave birth to the Southern Railway all the different headlamp signals used by the constituent companies were combined into one standard six-position code that remains in force, subject to some modifications, until the present day, (where the route remains) although when used on the main line today it is in combination with a high intensity headlamp.
A white disc was shown during daylight hours, and a white lamp during darkness, to designate the following routes/special workings as used from 1936 onward:-
§ Includes Charing Cross, Cannon Street and Holborn via London Bridge
µ Trains passing over the G.W.R. below Devonport must carry the prescrived G.W.Co's head signals from the last stopping station on the S.R. to the first stopping station after leaving the G.W.R., where the head signals must be changed for those applicable to the S.R.
¶ Down trains proceeding beyond Dorchester and not stopping at that station must carry the prescribed head signals for the G.W.R from the last stopping station on the S.R.; and in like manner up trains from Weymouth not stopping at Dorchester must carry the prescribed head signals for the G.W.R from Weymouth to the first stopping station on the S.R., where the head signals must be changed.
Light engines from Clapham Junc, Nine Elms Loco Depot and Waterloo "B" box Loco Depot to Waterloo must carry the head signals of the trains they are booked to work from Waterloo. When two or more engines are coupled together, each engine must carry its distinctive head signal but only the last engine must carry a tail lamp
Engines following out-going trains from Waterloo must carry the head signals for their next services.
When two or more engines leave Wimbledon Park for Waterloo and Nine Elms coupled together, the leading engine must carry the Nine Elms Loco Depot head signal.
Light engines from Fratton Loco Depot to Portsmouth and Southsea or Portsmouth Harbour must carry the head signals of the train they are booked to work.
Headcode
1
Headcode
2
Central and Eastern Sections
Victoria and Dover
via Herne Hill or Catford Loop and Chatham
Victoria and London Bridge via South London line
Brighton and Portsmouth
Brighton and Hastings direct
Horsham and Three Bridges
Victoria or Battersea Yard and Norwood Yard via Selhurst
Wimbledon and Sutton via St Helier
Purley and Caterham
Light Engines New Cross Gate or Forest Hill to Norwood Junction Loco
Holborn, Herne Hill and Orpington (local trains)
Victoria and Crystal Palace (HL)
Loughborough Sidings to Holborn
Ashford and Hastings
Reading and Margate via Redhill

Western Section:
Waterloo and Wimbledon Park Sidings
via East Putney (empty trains and light engines)
Eastleigh and Bulford via Chandlers Ford and Andover Junc
Southampton Terminus and Brockenhurst and Weymouth via Wimborne (passenger trains)
¶ Southampton Docks and Brockenhurst and Dorchester via Wimbourne (goods trains)
Weymouth, Portland and Easton (passenger trains
Plymouth Friary and Tavistock North
Woking and Chertsey and Reading via Virginia Water curve
Exeter Central and Ilfracombe
Bodmin and Wadebridge
Petersfield and Midhurst
Botley and Bishops Waltham
Exeter Central and Exmouth
Central and Eastern Sections
§ London Bridge or Bricklayers Arms and Portsmouth
via Quarry line and Horsham
Via Mid Kent line and Beckenham Junc
Victoria, Stewarts Lane and Clapham Junc to Holborn (L.L.)
Ashford and Eastbourne direct
East Croydon and Holborn via London Bridge

Western Section:
Waterloo or Nine Elms and Southampton Terminus
vis main line (except boat trains)
Willesden and Feltham Yard via Gunnersbury
Waterloo or Nine Elms and Windsor via Twickenham
Southampton Central to Lymington (through trains)
Yeovil Junc and Yeovil Town
Seaton Junc and Seaton
Barnstaple Junc and Torrington
Halwill and Bude

Headcode
3

Headcode
4
Central and Eastern Sections
Victoria or Battersea yard and Brighton
via Redhill
Earlsfield or Wimbledon and Brighton via Raynes Park, Epsom and Steyning
Oxted and Eastbourne via Eridge
§ London Bridge and New Cross Gate via Bricklayers' Arms Junction
Holborn, Holborn (LL), Victoria, Stewarts Lane, Crystal Palace (HL) to Loughborough Sidings
Horsham and Brighton

Western Section:
Earlsfield or Wimbledon and Brighton
via Raynes Park and Epsom
Reading and Esher via Weybridge
Brookwood and Bisley Camp
Alton and Fareham
Bentley and Bordon
Portsmouth Harbour or Portsmouth and Southsea to Portsmouth and Southsea Turntable
Hamworthy Junc and Hamworthy
Salisbury and Bulford
Axminster and Lyme Regis
Tipton St John's and Exmouth
Plymouth Friary and Cattewater
Wareham and Swanagebr> Ascot and Woking via Frimley
Brockenhurst and Lymington Pier
Bere Alston and Callington
Stations Petersfield to Guildford inclusive and Waterloo
Exeter Central to Exeter St Davids (light engines for banking)
Central and Eastern Sections
London Bridge or Bricklayers' Arms and Dover or Ramsgate
via East Croydon, Oxted and Tonbridge
Cannon Street or Charing Cross and Southwark Depot
Holborn and Crystal Palace (HL)
Tonbridge and Hawkhurst
Victoria (Central) and Battersea Yard via Stewarts Lane
Brighton and Bognor Regis direct
Battersea Yard and Kensington

Western Section:
Waterloo or Nine Elms and Reading via Twickenham

Willesden and Feltham Yard via Kew East Junc
Weybridge and Virginia Water
Guildford and Bordon via Tongham
Exeter Central and Sidmouth
Plymouth Friary and Turnchapel
Waterloo and Virginia Water via Weybridge
Eastleigh or Southampton and Fawley
Bournemouth Central and Brockenhurst via Wimborne
Light engines Eastleigh Loco Depot and Stockbridge
Torrington and Halwill

Headcode
5

Headcode
6
Central and Eastern Sections
§ London Bridge or Bricklayers' Arms and Purley and Tattenham Corner Branch

Victoria, Battersea Yard or Stewarts Lane and Clapham Junc
Oxted and Tunbridge Wells West via East Grinstead (H.L.)
Brighton and Kemp Town
Brighton and The Dyke
Barnham and Bognor Regis
Ford and Littlehampton
Pulborough, Midhurst and Chichester
Havant and Hayling Island
Beckenham Junc and Crystal Palace (LL)
Brighton and Eastbourne
Deptford Wharf and Old Kent Road
Peckham Rye and stations below to New Cross Gate via Old Kent Road
Horsham and Dorking North
West Croydon and East Croydon
§ London Bridge and Bricklayers' Arms
Tonbridge and Maidstone West
Ashford (Kent) and Dover via Minster and Deal
Elham Valley line
Ash and Aldershot (local trains)
Elmers End and Hayes
Victoria, Holborn, Loughborough, Herene Hill or Crystal Palace (LL) to Stewarts Lane
Stewarts Lane to Victoria

Western Section:
Southampton Docks and Nine Elms
via main line (market goods, fruit or potato train)
Light engines to Nine Elms
Havant and Hayling Island
Guildford and Bordon via Ash and Aldershot
Central and Eastern Sections
London Bridge or Bricklayers' Arms and Brighton
via Quarry line
Victoria or Battersea Yard and Epsom Downs via Mitcham Junc
Horsham and Bognor Regis (Up trains going beyond Horsham to carry Portsmouth destination code)
Tonbridge and Brighton via Eridge
§ London Bridge or Bricklayers' Arms and Addiscombe
Hastings via Mid Kent line, Oxted, Crowhurst Junc and Tonbridge
Dunton Green and Westerham
Otford and Sevenoaks (TH)
Ashford and Margate via Canterbury West
Lydd Branch
Canterbury West and Whistable Harbour
Sandling Junc and Hythe
Folkestone Junc and Folkestone Harbour
Crowhurst and Bexhill
Swanley and Gravesend West Street
Sittingbourne and Sheerness
Queenborough and Leydown
Deal and Kearsney
Strood and Gillingham (Kent)
Gravesend Central and Allhallows-on-Sea or Port Victoria
Victoria, Stewarts Lane or Clapham Junc to Holborn
Holborn to Victoria
Beckenham Junc to Norwood Junc

Western Section:
All stations to Feltham
(except Mortlake)
Weymouth and Portland and Easton (goods trains)
Bournemouth West and Brockenhurst via Wimborne

Headcode
7

Headcode
8
Central and Eastern Sections
Victoria or Battersea Yard and Portsmouth Harbour
via Quarry line and Horsham
Via Maidstone East line to Victoria or Holborn
§ London Bridge or Bricklayers' Arms and Grove Park or Bromley North

Western Section:
Waterloo and Wimbledon
via main line
Waterloo or Nine Elms and Southampton Docks via Brentford, Chertsey and Woking
¶ Salisbury and Dorchester via Wimborne
Wimbledon or Durnsford Road Sidings and Waterloo via main line (empty trains or light engines
Central and Eastern Sections
§ London Bridge or Bricklayers' Arms and Brighton
via Redhill
Oxted and Brighton via East Grinstead (LL) and Lewes
Three Bridges and Tunbridge Wells West
West London line to Norwood Yard via Thornton Heath
Portsmouth Harbour or Portsmouth & Southsea to Fratton Loco
Old Kent Road Spur and Brighton via Mitcham Junc, Horsham and Steyning
Victoria or Holborn to Dover via Nunhead line and Maidstone East
Charing Cross and Cannon Street
Charing Cross or Cannon Street and London Bridge

Western Section:
Parcels and empty trains Waterloo to Clapham Junc
(Kensington sidings)
Feltham Yard and Neasden via Kew East Junc
Portsmouth Harbour or Portsmouth and Southsea to Fratton Loco Depot
Exeter Central and Exmouth Junc
¶ Bournemouth West to Dorchester
Clapham Junc and Guildford via East Putney and Cobham
Southampton and Salisbury via Redbridge
Alton and Eastleigh or Southampton Terminus (pull and push trains)
Southampton or Salisbury to Neasden via Chertsey (as from Basingstoke)

Headcode
9

Headcode
10
Central and Eastern Sections
Victoria, Stewarts Lane or Holborn to Ramsgate
via Nunhead line, Chislehurst and Chatham
Victoria and London Bridge via Balham and Tulse Hill
§ London Bridge or Bricklayers' Arms and North Kent line via Greenwich
Victoria and Kensington via Stewarts Lane
Via Streatham Spur

Western Section:
Feltham Yard and Brent
Via Kew East Junc
Waterloo or Nine Elms and Guildford via Cobham
Clapham Junc and Kensington
Guildford and Godalming Goods
Ascot and Farnham
Portsmouth and Southsea to Salisbury via Redbridge
Salisbury Portsmouth Harbour via Redbridge
Central and Eastern Sections
Victoria or Battersea Yard and Portsmouth
via Redhill and Horsham
Via Dartford Loop line
Victoria or Holborn and Hastings Branch via Orpington Loop and Tunbridge Wells Central
Bricklayers' Arms and Guildford via Leatherhead and Effingham Junc

Western Section:
Waterloo to Waterloo
via Twickenham and Whitton Junc
Waterloo or Nine Elms and Southampton Terminus via Alton
Salisbury and Bournemouth West via Wimborne
Fareham and Gosport
Ballast trains to Meldon Quarry from Exeter Central and stations west thereof
Bricklayers' Arms and Guildford via Leatherhead and Effingham Junc

Headcode
11

Headcode
12
Central and Eastern Sections
Victoria or Battersea Yard and Eastbourne or Hastings
via Quarry line
London Bridge, New Cross Gate or West Croydon and Wimbledon
Brighton and Littlehampton direct
London and Hither Green Sidings
Victoria and Folkestone Harbour or Dover Marine via Swanley, Otford and Tonbridge

Western Section:
µ Waterloo or Nine Elms and Plymouth

Windsor and Ascot via Staines curve
¶ Bournemouth Central and Dorchester goods trains
Light engines Eastleigh Loco depot and Dean
Battersea Yard and Brent via New Kew Junc
Southampton Terminus and Portsmouth Harbour via Netley
Brockenhurst and Poole (not stopping at Bournemouth)
Central and Eastern Sections
Victoria or Battersea Yard and Portsmouth
via Mitcham Junc
§ London Bridge or Bricklayers' Arms and Eastbourne or Hastings via Redhill
Herne Hill, Tulse Hill and Norwood Junc
North Kent line via Blackheath
Victoria, Stewarts Lane or Holborn to North Kent line via Nunhead line

Western Section:
Southampton Docks and Salisbury
via Eastleigh
Nine Elms and Feltham via Mortlake
Exeter Central to Nine Elms (market goods and fish)
Down main line goods terminating at Woking
Light engines from Waterloo station to Waterloo Loco sidings

Headcode
13

Headcode
14
Central and Eastern Sections
Victoria and Newhaven Harbour

§ London Bridge or Bricklayers' Arms and Epsom Downs via Norwood Junc
Victoria or Holborn to Ramsgate via Nunhead line and Maidstone East

Western Section:
Waterloo and Nine Elms and Portsmouth
via Woking and Guildford
Southampton Docks and Bournemouth via Sway
Romsey to Romsey via Eastleigh and Redbridge
Light engines from all stations to Feltham Loco
Light engines from all stations west of Basingstoke to Eastleigh loco
Central and Eastern Sections
Victoria and Norwood Junc
via Selhurst
London Bridge or Bricklayers' Arms and Crystal Palace (LL) via Forest Hill
Via Bexley Heath line
Victoria, Stewarts Lane or Holborn via Nunhead line and Bexley Heath
Earlsfield or Wimbledon and Bognor Regis via Raynes Park and Epsom
Oxted and Brighton via Haywards Heath

Western Section:
Waterloo or Nine Elms and Reading
via Loop line
Earlsfield or Wimbledon and Bognor Regis via Raynes Park and Epsom
All trains terminating at Portsmouth and Southsea (trains from Salisbury to carry Nº17 to Eastleigh)
Exeter Central and Padstow
Light engines Bournemouth Central or Bournemouth West to Bournemouth Central via triangle to turn
Light engines Eastleigh Loco to Portsmouth and Southsea
Portsmouth and Southsea to Waterloo
Light engines to Guildford Loco via Woking (except via Staines)

Headcode
15

Headcode
16
Central and Eastern Sections
§ London Bridge or Bricklayers' Arms and Tonbridge or Reading
via East Croydon and Redhill
Brighton and Hove via Preston Park spur
Three Bridges and Eridge
Victoria or Holborn and Folkestone or Dover via Orpington Loop, Tonbridge and Ashford
§ London Bridge or Bricklayers' Arms and Gillingham, Faversham, Ramsgate or Dover via Chislehurst Loop and Chatham

Western Section:
Waterloo and Clapham Junc
(empty trains and light engines)
Nine Elms Loco depot to Clapham Junc
Clapham Junc and Hampton Court via east Putney
Passenger trains, Bournemouth Central and Weymouth
Bournemouth West and Oxford, GWR
Exmouth Junc Loco to Exmouth Junc Yard
Light engines Fratton and Eastleigh
Central and Eastern Sections
London Bridge or Bricklayers' Arms and Portsmouth
via West Croydon
Victoria or Battersea Yard and Eastbourne or Hastings via Redhill
New Cross Gate and Wimbledon via Peckham Rye
Oxted and Brighton via Eridge
§ London Bridge or Bricklayers' Arms and Ramsgate via Tonbridge and Canterbury West
Holborn to Clapham Junc

Western Section:
Waterloo or Nine Elms and Woking
via Richmond and Chertsey
Waterloo or Nine Elms and Hampton Court
Eastleigh Loco Depot to Bevois Park sidings
Milk and empty trains to Clapham Junc via Byfleet curve and Richmond
Bournemouth West and Havant via Netley and Cosham (through trains to and from Waterloo to carry Nº13 between Waterloo and Havant)

Headcode
17

Headcode
18
Central and Eastern Sections
Victoria or Battersea Yard and Brighton
via Quarry line
London Bridge or New Cross Gate and Norwood Yard
Tunbridge Wells West and Eastbourne
Charing Cross or Cannon Street and Holborn
Victoria or Holborn and Ramsgate, Dover or Hastings via Nunhead line and Tonbridge
Horsham and Guildford

Western Section:
Waterloo or Nine Elms and Southampton Docks
via East Putney
Twickenham and Shepperton
Salisbury and Portsmouth Harbour via Eastleigh
Portsmouth and Southsea to Salisbury via Eastleigh
Guildford and Horsham
Central and Eastern Sections
§ London Bridge or Bricklayers' Arms and Eastbourne or Hastings
via Quarry line
Horsham and Littlehampton (Up trains going beyond Horsham to carry Portsmouth to destination code)
Victoria (Cent or Eastern) or Stewarts Lane and Eardley Sidings via Herne Hill or Clapham Junc
Victoria or West London line and Ramsgate via Herne Hill or Catford Loop
§ London Bridge or Bricklayers' Arms and Hastings via Chislehurst and Tunbridge Wells Central
West London line to East Croydon via Crystal Palace (LL)

Western Section:
Special boat trains Waterloo and Southampton Docks
via Northam
Special boat trains from Southampton Docks to Waterloo via Millbrook
Nine Elms Loco Depot and Nine Elms Goods Yard via Engine line or Queen's Road
Waterloo and Nine Elms Goods Yard (coal train)
Light engines Eastleigh Loco to Southampton Docks
Southampton and Andover via Redbridge

Headcode
19

Headcode
20
Central and Eastern Sections
§ London Bridge or Bricklayers' Arms and Portsmouth
via Redhill and Horsham
Victoria or Battersea Yard and Norwood yard via Crystal Palace (LL)
London Bridge and New Cross Gate to Eardley Sidings via Peckham Rye
Deptford Wharf and New Cross Gate
East Croydon or West Croydon and Battersea Yard
§ London Bridge or Bricklayers' Arms and Folkestone or Dover via Chislehurst, Tonbridge and Ashford
Victoria and Herne Hill or Orpington (local trains)
Dover and Margate via Deal and Minster Loop

Western Section:
Special boat trains Waterloo to Southampton Docks
via Millbrook
Light engines Eastleigh to Southampton Docks via Millbrook
Eastleigh Loco to Carriage sidings west end
Basingstoke to Waterloo via Frimley and Twickenham
Empty coaching stock trains Waterloo to Walton via Chertsey
Feltham to Wimbledon and Durnsford Road via Chertsey
Central and Eastern Sections
London Bridge and Portsmouth
via Mitcham Junc
Oxted and Lewes or Seaford or Eastbourne via Haywards Heath and Keymer Junc (Change to Nº5 or Nº21 code at Lewes)
Victoria and Sutton via Thornton Heath
Holborn and Wimbledon
§ London Bridge or Bricklayers' Arms and Dover via Chislehurst Loop and Maidstome East

Western Section:
Waterloo and Nine Elms and Brockenhurst and Bournemouth West
via Sway
Waterloo or Nine Elms and Waterloo via Brentford

Headcode
21

Headcode Headcode
Central & Eastern  22  Western sections
Central and Eastern Sections
§ London Bridge or Bricklayers' Arms and Dover, Ramsgate or Hastings
via Chislehurst, Swanley, Otford and Sevenoaks
Victoria, Oxted and Tunbridge Wells West via Hever
West Croydon and Brighton
Clapham Junc and Crystal Palace (LL) via Herne Hill and Tulse Hill
Brighton and Newhaven or Seaford
London Bridge and New Cross Gate via Old Kent Road
Holborn and Ramsgate via Herne Hill or Catford Loop
New Cross Gate and Selhurst (change to Nº14 at Norwood Junc)

Western Section:
Waterloo and Clapham Junc (Park sidings)

Clapham Junc and Wimbledon via East Putney
Light engines and trains requiring to run to up main loop Clapham Junc from stations westward
Light engines Feltham to Clapham Junc
Southampton and Andover via Eastleigh
Goods trains Millbrook and Bevois Park to Fareham
Light engines or engines with vehicles attached running round the triangle at Bournemouth West to turn
Central and Eastern Sections
Down Trains West London line to Brighton


Western Section:
Waterloo and Portsmouth Harbour
via Eastleigh
Feltham and Brent via Richmond

Headcode
23

Headcode Headcode
Central & Eastern  24  Western sections
Central and Eastern Sections
Brighton and Salisbury
via Southanpton Central

Western Section:
Nine Elms and Willesden
via New Kew Junc
Brighton and Salisbury via Southampton Central
Eastleigh and Micheldever or Basingstoke (light engines for testing)
Central and Eastern Sections
Up Trains to GWR
via West London line

Western Section:
Waterloo and Guildford
via Earlsfield and Leatherhead
Southampton and Willesden via Richmond and Gunnersbury

Headcode
25

Headcode
26
All Sections
Breakdown Van trains
All Sections
Royal train

Headcode
27

Headcode
28
Central and Eastern Sections
Up Trains to LMSR
via West London line
Brighton and Salisbury via Eastleigh

Western Section:
Nine Elms and Brent
via New Kew Junc
Kingston and Shepperton
Brighton and Salisbury via Eastleigh

Western Section:
Waterloo and Guildford
via East Putney and Leatherhead

Headcode
29

Headcode
30
Central and Eastern Sections
Brighton and Bournemouth
through trains

Western Section:
Waterloo and Waterloo
via Kingston
Bournemouth and Brighton

Western Section:
Race Meeting Train

Headcode
31

Headcode
32

Western Section:
Race Meeting Train

Western Section:
Race Meeting Train

Headcode
33

Headcode
34

Western Section:
Race Meeting Train

Western Section:
Race Meeting Train

Headcode
Shunt

Headcode
Nine Elms Shunt
All Sections:
Shunt Engine * # (not Nine Elms)
Coal Road #

Headcode
Nine Elms Shunt

Headcode
Nine Elms Shunt
Central Yard # Bank #

Headcode
Nine Elms Shunt

Headcode
Nine Elms Shunt
Top Yard # Hay Yard #

* Shunting engines employed exclusively in station yards (except Nine Elms Yard) and sidings, and when travelling on the running lines from one yard to another at the same station, must, after sunset or during fog or falling snow, carry one red and one white light, both at the front and rear. The positions for these lights will be as shown, viz.: one red light in the centre at the top, and one white light on the right hand side of the smokebox, tender or bunker, as the case may be.

# Shunting engines must not carry a head signal during daylight

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