Birmingham New Street Station: lnwrbns_str402c
Close up of image 'lnwrbns_str402' showing the steps to the
passenger footbridge with the train indicator boards indicating a Midland train
to Worcester, Gloucester and Bristol. The carriage bearing the 'Hampton'
destination board is the coach on the left, the board barely visible. Train
indicator boards were common to most large stations in the days before roller
displays and electronic boards. Platform staff would select the appropriate
indicator board from the box at the base of the post and slot it in at the top
of the post pointing it in the direction of the train. In the above instance
several slots would need to be provided in order to handle several indicator
boards at once. This was because two boards could be required for the platform
on the left, for trains at either end of the through platform, and two for the
right for trains standing at either of the two bay platforms.