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Signs made of a variety of materials

Signs were used to direct the public, instruct staff, state rules & regulations, and identify locations and land ownership.  They were made of a variety of materials: wood, cast iron, enamel on metal, and sometimes a combination.

Midland Railway Enamel Sign, pre-1923

The Ultramarine Blue background was a standard colour used by the Midland Railway.

This sign reflects the language of the time. 5′ (five shillings) would be equivalent to about £15 in 2020.


Midland Railway Cast Iron Boundary Marker Post

These marker posts were used to indicate land ownership across the network.

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Overhead Sign, date unknown

Station sign, typically suspended either from a canopy or a support adjacent to a footbridge.


Midland Railway Enamel Sign, pre-1923

Coughing and subsequent spitting was common practice, spreading deadly diseases such as Tuberculosis. The Midland Railway took a responsible attitude to public health and safety.


Midland Railway Cast Iron Sign, April 1922

Instructional signs for locomotive crews were used across the Midland Railway system.


Signal Box Nameboard from Lincoln West, pre-1923

Each Signal Box was clearly named and the Collection contains many examples. In this case the nameboard was positioned over the door. Much larger nameboards were fastened on the side of the signal box.

Photo: Courtesy Peter Churchman


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