Railway Stations had Green & White enamel Target signs which
were generally mounted on the Station's lampposts as shown in the
pictures above With SR O2 No 216 in Calstock Station in 1947.
The unflanged signs were mounted on a
wooden backing board down the centre of the sign, which was
then attached to the post or in some cases to the station
the period of their use targets were produced with a variety
of different sizes and layouts. Words such as 'Halt' were
put on the green round section under the name.
With nationalisation of the Railways in 1948 a corporate image Totem sign
was introduced and in most targets were replaced in the early 1950's.
stations retained them even when totems had been introduced,
either as a mixture of both or sometimes just by keeping the
targets. An example of this was DORKING NORTH which only had
targets right up until it received "Modern Image" signs.
Shown below are examples of various
shapes and sizes that were used, the size depending on the
length of the Station name.
Because these signs were only
used on the Southern Region they are not as collectable as BR
Totems and for this reason it is possible to build up an
interesting collection at a more affordable price. Pictured
below are some difficult to obtain Targets from the Surrey
Suburban line to Epsom Downs where steam once hauled the Queen
to to watch the Derby.
Below E1R 32610 on a passenger train at Torrington station in
We have made a list of all the Stations that appear to
have had Targets and and have produced an approximate price guide as to how much
you might have to pay to purchase any particular target.
The price of any Target depends on many factors.
1) How many Targets were on any particular
Station - A small Station may have had only 4 or 6
and a large Station could have had 30 plus.
2) Whether the Station was cleared by
contractors which in many cases resulted in them all
being disposed of into landfill.
3) If the Targets found their way to
Collectors Corner shops in London and York or were
sold off by BR through their auctions of Station
furniture. These should all survive and form the
majority of the ones that go through Collectors
Auctions at the current time.
4) On smaller Stations the signage was taken
down by the Station staff and was often sold to
customers who wanted a sign from their local
Station. The remainder would either then go to the
Collectors Corner Shops or to Landfill depending on
the date the Station was resigned.
5) Another factor is whether the Station has been
closed or remains open as closed Stations command a
6) Holiday destinations and remote Country locations
will always be more expensive than those from urban
situations apart from major City terminus Stations
7) Our rarity
lists uses the number of times a Target has been in auction
as a guide to how likely you would be to find one to
purchase and how much it might cost. Our prices given are
for a Target in good condition with just the usual rusting
around the edges and the screw holes and most likely a
couple of small face chips.
majority of Targets for sale are in Specialist Railwayana
Auctions you only need two determined bidders to push the
price of a fairly common one to record levels. You must
also bear in mind that the number of times a Target has been
in auction includes one or two Targets from that Station that may have been bought and sold a
number of times.
below takes you to our guides which have a page for each
letter of the Alphabet - click on the letter you wish to
investigate and then you can go around the alphabet from
that page . Good Hunting!