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When BR were changing to colour light signals I seem to remember seeing some sort of big cross on the colour light signals to show that they weren’t operational yet. Does any one have any photos or details of these crosses please?



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longie wrote: When BR were changing to colour light signals I seem to remember seeing some sort of big cross on the colour light signals to show that they weren’t operational yet. Does any one have any photos or details of these crosses please?Copyright image at this link https://sdjr.co.uk/the-signalling-project

A white cross, usually of wood, is affixed to any signal not in use and therefore not to be observed by train crew or other staff.  In colour-light signal areas a large black vinyl hood is normally placed over the signal head with a white cross stitched or painted onto it facing oncoming trains.  

The white cross might be required in cases where signalling is being changed over with the new erected but not in use whilst the old remains to be observed; on the day of change-over the old ones will gain white crosses instead until the signalling equipment is removed.

They are sometimes quite crudely made but others are "professional" jobs.  The meaning is the same.  Quite simply "This signal / device is not in use and its indication must be ignored." 



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Thanks Rick, that is what I sort of remember.



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