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Maunsell Coach Destination Boards

Destination boards were to be found in two places on Maunsell stock. The main, and most important, were up on the roof and gave the route of the train in which the coach was formed. A smaller one, at the top of the coach side, would sometimes be used to show the destination of the particular coach concerned.

The smaller ones were a creamy beige colour, with the place name in green, and could be used on any service.

The main ones were for important services only and normally consisted of two boards to each side of a coach, mounted on the roof. The first board would have the start and, frequently, the first destination, or the train name if there was one, and the second would have the subsequent destination(s). These boards were green with yellow lettering, shaded with black to the right and base. Some examples are shown below, though note that whereas the Central Section specified London Bridge or Victoria, the Eastern just showed "London", no doubt to save having to have a vast stock of boards!

The destinations were printed on paper which was then stuck to the boards and varnished to give them protection against the weather/soot/smoke etc.

Some examples of destination boards:

 
First Board Second Board
VICTORIA *      EASTBOUNE
VICTORIA *      EASTBOURNE     HASTINGS
VICTORIA *      BOGNOR REGIS
VICTORIA *      CHICHESTER     PORTSMOUTH
VICTORIA *      HOVE     LITTLEHAMPTON
VICTORIA *      HOVE     WORTHING
LONDON     FOLKESTONE      CENTRAL     EXPRESS
LONDON     FOLKESTONE      DOVER     DEAL
LONDON     TUNBRIDGE WELLS      ST LEONARDS     HASTINGS
LONDON     TUNBRIDGE WELLS      SIDLEY     BEXHILL
LONDON     MARGATE      BROADSTAIRS     RAMSGATE
WATERLOO     SALISBURY      EXETER     CENTRAL
WATERLOO     SALISBURY      EXETER     ILFRACOMBE
ATLANTIC COAST EXPRESS      WATERLOO     PADSTOW #
WATERLOO     PORTSMOUTH      ISLE OF WIGHT
WATERLOO     SOUTHAMPTON      BOURNEMOUTH     SWANAGE
WATERLOO     SOUTHAMPTON      BOURNEMOUTH     WEYMOUTH
 
* or LONDON BRIDGE
 
# or BUDE or EXETER CENTRAL or ILFRACOMBE or PLYMOUTH or TORRINGTON

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