Sta­tions’ run­ning-in boards could be sta­tioned at 45°

Rail (UK) - - Let­ters - Bene­dict le Vay, Lon­don

Won­der­ful to read that vol­un­teers have re­stored the Lon­don & North Eastern rail­way metal cut-out signs on the East Coast Main Line, proudly an­nounc­ing dis­tances such as ‘Lon­don 200 miles’ ( RAIL 838).

Sadly, no pas­sen­ger will ever see them when the line speed is 125mph, as items such as this close to the tracks flash past in a blur. If any­one would start a cam­paign to move them about 70 yards away from the lines - and I will pledge the first £100 here and now - then pas­sen­gers could en­joy them as the LNER in­tended.

On that theme, sta­tion names and run­ning-in boards have be­come use­less to pas­sen­gers on through trains.

I try to en­cour­age peo­ple to en­joy our bril­liant rail­way sys­tem and coun­try­side in books such as Bri­tain From the Rails: A Win­dow Gazer’s Guide.

Wouldn’t it be good if a large di­ag­o­nal sign fac­ing traf­fic an­nounced the place near plat­form ends - so that a frus­trated or bored “where on earth are we?’ was re­placed with an ex­cited “we’re just go­ing through Northaller­ton - not far to York!” As the LNER re­alised, the rail­way ex­pe­ri­ence is more than get­ting from A to B.

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