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TRAIN HEADCODES AND BELL SIGNALS

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TRAIN CLASSIFICATION, HEAD LAMPS AND CORRESPONDING BELL SIGNALS
BR(WR) General Appendix Jan 1954
Class of Train Headcode (white lights) Description of Train (Bell signal beats)
A   -  
o - o
  • Express passenger train, newspaper train or breakdown van train or snow plough going to clear the line, or light engine going to assist disabled train. (4)
  • Officers special train not requiring to stop in section. (4)
  • Express diesel car. (4-1-3)
  • B   o  
    - - -
  • Ordinary passenger train, mixed train or breakdown train not going to clear the line, or loaded rail motor train. (3-1)
  • Branch passenger train [Notes a,b]. (1-3)
  • Ordinary passenger or parcels diesel car. (4-1-3)
  • C   -  
    o o -
  • Parcels, fish, fruit, horse, livestock, meat, milk, pigeon or perishable train composed entirely of vehicles conforming to coaching stock requiremnets. (1-3-1)
  • Express freight, livestock perishable or ballast train pipe fitted throughout with the automatic brake opertive on not less than half of the vehicles. (3-1-1)
  • Empty coaching stock train (not specially authorised to carry "A" headcode) or empty rail motor train. (2-2-1)
  • D   o  
    o - -
  • Express freight, livestock perishable or ballast train partly fitted with the automatic brake operative on not less than one-third of the vehicles. (5)
  • E   -  
    - o o
  • Express freight, livestock perishable or ballast train partly fitted with the automatic brake operative on not less than four braked vehicles connected by vacuum pipe to the engine. (1-2-2)
  • Express freight, livestock perishable or ballast train with a limited load of vehicles not fitted with continuous brake. (1-2-2)
  • F   o  
    - - o
  • Express freight, livestock perishable or ballast train not fitted with continuous brake. (3-2)
  • G   -  
    - o -
  • Light engine or light engines coupled. (2-3)
  • Engine with not or than two brake vans. (1-1-3)
  • H   o  
    - o -
  • Through freight or ballast train not running under class "C", "D", "E" or "F" headcode. (1-4)
  • J   -  
    o - -
  • Mineral or empty wagon train. (4-1)
  • K   -  
    - - o
  • Freight mineral or ballast train stopping at intermediate stations. (3)
  • Branch freight train [Notes a,b]. (1-3)
  • Freight, ballast or Officers special train requiring to stop in section. (2-2-3)
  • Note a: To be used ony when authorised by the Operating Superintendent
    Note b: Head Codes are subject to alteration in the case of through trains working over Branches as shewn in the Working Time Tables.




    TRAIN CLASSIFICATION, HEAD LAMPS AND CORRESPONDING BELL SIGNALS
    GWR 1936
    Class of Train Headcode (white lights) Description of Train (Bell signal beats)
    A   -  
    o - o
  • Express passenger train (4)
  • Breakdown van train going to clear the line, or light engine going to assist disabled train. (4)
  • Empty coaching stock timed at express speed. (4)
  • Express streamline rail car car. (4)
  • B   o  
    - - -
  • Ordinary passenger or mixed train (3-1)
  • Branch passenger train [Notes a,b]. (1-3)
  • Breakdown train not going to clear the line. (3-1)
  • Rail motor car, auto-train or streamline rail-car. (3-1-3)
  • C   o  
    o - -
  • Parcels, newspapers, meat, fish, fruit, milk, horse, cattle or perishable train composed entirely of vacuum fitted stock with vacuum pipe connected to the engine. (5)
  • Express freight, livestock perishable or ballast train pipe with not less than one third of the vehicles vacuum fitted and pipe connected to the engine. (4-4)
  • D   -  
    o o -
  • Express freight, or ballast train conveying a stipulated number of vacuum braked vehicles connected by the vacuum pipe to the engine and authorised to run at a maximum speed of 35mph. (1-2-2)
  • Empty coaching stock train (not specially authorised to carry "A" headcode) (2-2-1)
  • E   o  
    - - o
  • Express freight, fish, fruit, meat, cattle or ballast train. (3-2)
  • Breakdown train not proceeding to an accident. (3-2)
  • F   o  
    - o -
  • Through fast freight conveying through load. (1-4)
  • G   -  
    - o -
  • Light engine or light engines coupled. (2-3)
  • Engine with not or than two brake vans. (2-3)
  • H   -  
    - o o
  • Freight, mineral or ballast train or empty train carrying through load to destination. (3-4-1)
  • J   -  
    o - -
  • Freight, mineral or ballast train stoppibg at intermediate stations. (3)
  • K   -  
    - - o
  • Branch freight train (1-2)
  • Freight or ballast train or Officers special train requiring to stop in section. (2-2-3)
  • A   o  
    o o o
  • Royal Train (4-4-4)




  • TRAIN CLASSIFICATION, HEAD LAMPS
    RCH Standard circa 1928
    Class of Train Headcode (white lights) Description of Train (Bell signal beats)
    A (1)   -  
    o - o
  • Express passenger train, or breakdown van train or snow plough going to clear the lines.
  • B (2)   o  
    - - -
  • Ordinary passenger train or motor train, or breakdown train returning to depot.
  • C (3)   -  
    o o -
  • Parcels, newspapers, fish, fruit, milk, meat, horse, and "perishable" train composed of coaching stock.
  • D (4)   o  
    o - -
  • Empty coaching stock.
  • Fitted freight, fish or cattle train with not less than one-third fitted with continuous brake. (5)
  • E (5)   o  
    - - o
  • Express freight, or cattle train fitted with less than one third of the continuous brake.
  • G (7)   -  
    - o -
  • Light engine or light engines coupled. 
  • Engine with one or two brake vans.
  • H (6)   o  
    - o -
  • Through freight or ballast train.
  • J (8)   -  
    o - -
  • Through mineral or empty wagon train. 
  • K (9)   -  
    - - o
  • Short distance freight or ballast train 




  • ENGINE HEAD SIGNALS
    GWR Appendix circa 1920
    Class of Train Headcode Description of Train
    A   -  
    o - o
  • Express passenger train, or breakdown van train going to clear the line, or light engine going to assist disabled train.
  • B   o  
    - - -
  • Ordinary passenger train, or breakdown train not going to clear the line.
  • C   o  
    o - -
  • Parcels, fish, fruit, horse, cattle or perishable train composed entirely of vehicles conforming to coaching stock requirements.
  • Goods, mineral and ballast trains composed entirely of vacuum stock.
  • D   o  
    o - o
  • Empty coaching stock train.
  • E   o  
    - - o
  • Fish, meat or fruit train composed of goods stock
  • Express cattle or Express goods train Class A.
  • F   o  
    - o -
  • Express cattle or Express goods train Class B.
    May also be carried by full trains loads of ballast and other materials for engineering purposes for through running over long distances
  • G   -  
    o - -
  • Light engine or light engines coupled together.
  • Engine with one or two brake vans. 
  • H   o  
    o o -
  • Through goods, mineral or ballast train with full loads for destination.
  • J   -  
    o o o
  • Through goods, mineral or ballast train.
  • K   o  
    - o o
  • Ordinary goods or mineral train stopping at intermediate stations.
  • L   o  
    o o o
  • Royal Train.



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