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