In the early days of the
Railways most Station signs were made from wood with either
wooden or Cast iron letters or, in some cases, the message
was painted on. Examples of the three different types are
Most of these were later
replaced with enamel signs as these could survive better
being outside and exposed to the elements. Enamel signs were
also easier to read and to manufacture.
Signal Box Name Boards were often made of wood and are can
be quite cheap to buy because they tend to be rather large
and heavy and so difficult to display.
Another use for wooden signs
on Platforms was for Departure Boards which were double
sided painted wood and were put into a slot on each platform
to show the destinations of the next departure.