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Last update 16 February 2019

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Beamish Tramway

Masts do not appear labelled.

Birkenhead Tramway

Masts do not appear labelled.

Black Country Living Museum (Tipton)

Masts appear to be numbered with no prefix.

Blackpool Tramway

Blackpool Tramway masts use a system whereby the masts act as distance markers from the datum point near Starr Gate.  Prefixes are based on electrical sections, the "joining" mast carrying three letters.  Section codes known at present are:

  1. B (Bispham)
  2. B (Broadwater)
  3. C (Copse Road)
  4. F (Fleetwood)
  5. G (Gynn Square)
  6. K (Kirby Road)
  7. L (Fleetwood loop)
  8. L (Little Bispham)
  9. P (Pleasure Beach)
  10. S (Squires Gate)
  11. T (Tower)
  12. T (Thornton Gate)

Known prefixes are:

Code Area
BC Broadwater-Copse Road
BL Bispham-Little Bispham
CF Copse Road-Fleetwood
CFL Copse Road-Fleetwood-Loop
FL Fleetwood-Loop
GB Gynn Street-Bispham
KT Kirby Road-Tower
LT Little Bispham-Thornton Gate
PK Pleasure Beach-Kirby Road
SP Squires Gate-Pleasure Beach
TB Thornton Gate-Broadwater
TBC Thornton Gate-Broadwater-Copse Road
TG Tower-Gynn Street

Other "joining" mast codes can be inferred but were not seen on the editor's visit.

Brighton and Rottingdean Seashore Electric Railway (Magnus Volk's "Daddy Long Legs" railway)

It appears that masts were not labelled at all.

Channel Tunnel

Masts do not have a prefix letter, but are measured from a fixed datum in the same way as the national system.

Croydon Tramlink

Croydon Tramlink mast references can be found on the Croydon Tramlink Unofficial Site.

Edinburgh Tramway

It appears that some masts in Gogar depot may be labelled MC, though it is possible that the label refers to something different.

Code Area Unit Datum
AIR Airport line (Airport to loop near Haymarket) km Edinburgh Airport
CTY City centre section (loop near Haymarket to York Place) km Edinburgh Airport
GDE Gogar depot Masts are given unique numbers unrelated to distance from any datum

Heath Park Tramway (Cardiff)

Masts do not appear labelled, except one carrying a solitary W.

Heaton Park Tramway (Manchester)

Masts do not appear labelled.

Manchester Metrolink

Code Area Unit Datum
AI Ashton-under-Lyne route
Masts on inbound side of formation
km Piccadilly
AS Ashton-under-Lyne route
Masts in centre of formation
km Piccadilly
AU Ashton-under-Lyne route
Masts on outbound side of formation
km Piccadilly
AC Used near Cornbrook Masts are given unique numbers unrelated to distance from any datum
BV Bury-Victoria km Bury
CC City Centre
Piccadilly to G-Mex and beyond (but not displayed Piccadilly Gardens - St Peters Square); Piccadilly to Victoria; partially given over to CD sequence
Masts are given unique numbers unrelated to distance from any datum
CD City Centre
Near G-Mex to Victoria via Exchange Square; took over part of CC sequence
Masts are given unique numbers unrelated to distance from any datum
CG Cornbrook-GMex miles Cornbrook Junction
EI Eccles route
Masts on inbound side of formation
km Cornbrook
ES Eccles route
Masts in centre of formation
km Cornbrook
EU Eccles route
Masts on outbound side of formation
km Cornbrook
LI Oldham town centre route
Masts on inbound side of formation
km Manchester Piccadilly
LS Oldham town centre route
Masts in centre of formation
km Manchester Piccadilly
LU Oldham town centre route
Masts on outbound side of formation
km Manchester Piccadilly
MA Altrincham route
Masts reused from BR
miles Manchester Oxford Road
MA2 Altrincham route
Actually sequence MA but mile figure displayed on same line as prefix
miles Manchester Oxford Road
MCI MediaCity UK route
Masts on inbound side of formation
km Cornbrook
MCS MediaCity UK route
Masts in centre of formation
km Cornbrook
MCU MediaCity UK route
Masts on outbound side of formation
km Cornbrook
MH used near Cornbrook
Full details unknown at present, possibly MA noted in error
km Cornbrook?
QD Queens Road depot Masts are given unique numbers unrelated to distance from any datum
R Rochdale route
Masts on single track section
km Manchester Piccadilly
RI Rochdale route
Masts on inbound side of formation
km Manchester Piccadilly
RS Rochdale route
Masts in centre of formation
km Manchester Piccadilly
RU Rochdale route
Masts on outbound side of formation
km Manchester Piccadilly
SI St Werbergh's Road route
Masts on inbound side of formation
km City centre "delta"
SS St Werbergh's Road route
Masts in centre of formation
km City centre "delta"
SU St Werbergh's Road route
Masts on outbound side of formation
km City centre "delta"
TD Trafford Bar depot Masts are given unique numbers unrelated to distance from any datum
TS Trafford Bar depot sidings Masts are given unique numbers unrelated to distance from any datum
WI Manchester Airport route
Masts on inbound side of formation
km City centre "delta"
WS Manchester Airport route
Masts in centre of formation
km City centre "delta"
WU Manchester Airport route
Masts on outbound side of formation
km City centre "delta"

Manx Electric Railway

Masts do not carry a prefix.  They are numbered sequentially from zero at Derby Castle (Douglas) to 903 at Ramsey, with some additional masts suffixed A, B or C where necessary.

Midland Metro

Masts are prefixed B for the Birmingham-bound track, and W for the Wolverhampton-bound track.  Masts holding wiring for both tracks carry both labels, one on each side appropriate to the viewing direction.  It appears that the depot masts are not labelled.  Masts also act as distance markers.

Nottingham Express Transit

Masts for the original network (Station Street and northwards) are labelled according to the nearest stop.

Code Area
BA Basford
BF Bulwell Forest
BH Butlers Hill
BS Beaconsfield Street
BU Bulwell Forest
CI Cinderhill
DL David Lane
DP Depot
FO The Forest
HG Hyson Green Market
HS High School
HU Hucknall
HV Highbury Vale
LM Lace Market
MB Moor Bridge
NS Noel Street
OM Old Market Square
PP Phoenix Park
RC Royal Centre
RR Radford Road
SS Shipstone Street
ST Station Street
TU Nottingham Trent University
WS Wilkinson Street

The numbering system counts in km and metres from Hucknall to Station Street. The Cinderhill branch has a false zero at Highbury Vale defined as 30km.  This was originally to allow future extensions to continue the numbering sequence, but an alternative system was used instead.

The phase 2 lines are numbered in the same fashion as the "main line" railway with prefix, km marker and individual mast number.

Code Area Unit Datum
B Toton Lane route from Station Street
Includes small section of Clifton South route near junction
km Start of new line defined as 1km
C Clifton South route km Start of new line defined as 1km

Seaton Tramway

Many masts appear unlabelled.  Those that are (Axmouth loop to Tyne Lane loop observed) use the form Seaton tram mast number format, Seaton tram mast number format, etc.

Sheffield Supertram

Masts are labelled according to the nearest stop (except for the Network Rail-owned portion, see National Rail page).

Code Area
ARR Arbourthorne Road
ARS Arena/Don Valley Stadium
ATT Attercliffe
BAS Bamford Street
BDH Beighton/Drake House Lane
BIL Birley Lane
BMR Birley Moor Road
CAR Carbrook and Valley Centertainment
CAS Castle Square
CAT Cathedral
CIH City Hall
CIR Cricket Inn Road
COM Commercial Road
Later FIS
CRP Crystal Peaks
DOW Donetsk Way
FIS Fitzallan Square/Ponds Forge
Formerly COM
GLT Gleadless Townend
GRR Granville Road/Sheffield District College, and Park Grange Croft
HAC Hackenthorpe
HAL Halfway
HEP Herdings Park
HIL Hillsborough
HIP Hillsborough Park
HLR Herdings/Leighton Road
HOL Hollinsend
HYP Hyde Park
INR Infirmary Road
LEL Leppings Lane
LPV Langsett/Primrose View
MAB Malin Bridge
MID Middlewood
MEI Meadowhall Interchange
MOW Moss Way
MTE Manor Top/Elm Tree
NCS Nunnery Crew Stop
Later Nunnery Square Park & Ride
NDP Nunnery Depot
NER Netherthorpe Road
PAG Park Grange, and Park Grange Croft
POLE Single mast in city centre triangle (numbered 0000)
SHA Shalesmoor
SHS Sheffield Station/Sheffield Hallam University
SPL Spring Lane
TIN Meadowhall South/Tinsley
UOS University of Sheffield
WAT Waterthorpe
WED Westfield
WES West Street
WHL White Lane
WOR Woodburn Road

The numbering system counts up from the Delta ("POLE") starting at 1001 to Meadowhall, 2001 to Middlewood and 3001 to Halfway.  The Malin Bridge branch also begins at 3001 at Hillsborough going to about 3023.  The Herdings Park line begins at 5001 at Gleadless Townend.  Finally, Nunnery Depot poles count from the city centre to pole 75.  All anchoring points (poles or on buildings) follow this numbering sequence and points that hold the same span wire have the same number but with "A" and "B" added.  Poles have a painted on panel whereas building anchors have small panels glued to the pavement.

Snaefell Mountain Railway

Masts do not carry a prefix.  They are numbered sequentially from 1000 at Laxey to 1188 at Snaefell Summit.  Some masts are shared with, and numbered according to, the Manx Electric Railway at Laxey.

Summerlee, Museum of Scottish Industrial Life Tramway

Masts do not carry any labels.

Tyne & Wear Metro

Tyne & Wear Metro masts (excluding the Network Rail-owned portion, see National Rail page) use a system whereby the masts act as distance markers from the datum point near South Gosforth Junction.  Prefixes are based on electrical sections, the "joining" mast carrying three letters.  The electrical sections are related to substations, but Monument and Airport are track paralleling rooms, and South Shields and St James are fed from Chichester substation and Monument track paralleling room respectively.  Section codes known at present are:

  1. A (Airport)
  2. B (Benton Square)
  3. B (Byker)
  4. C (Chichester)
  5. E (east end of South Gosforth depot)
  6. G (Gosforth)
  7. H (Hebburn)
  8. K (Kenton Bank Foot)
  9. M (Monument)
  10. O (Old Fold [now Gateshead Stadium])
  11. S (St James)
  12. S (South Shields)
  13. P (Percy Main)
  14. W (Whitley Bay)
  15. W (west end of South Gosforth depot)
  16. X (used in sidings)
  17. Y ("Wye" (South Gosforth triangle and depot sidings))

Known prefixes are:

Code Area
AK Airport-Kenton Bank Foot (eastbound)
BG Benton Square-Gosforth (westbound)
BGY Benton Square-Gosforth triangle (westbound)
BM Byker-Monument (westbound)
BP Byker-Percy Main (eastbound)
BPW Byker-Percy Main-Whitley Bay (eastbound)
BW Benton Square-Whitley Bay (eastbound)
BWP Benton Square-Whitley Bay-Percy Main (southbound)
CH Chichester-Hebburn (westbound)
CHO Chichester-Hebburn-Old Fold (westbound)
CS Chichester-South Shields (eastbound)
E South Gosforth depot east end
GB Gosforth-Benton Square (eastbound)
GBW Gosforth-Benton Square-Whitley Bay (eastbound)
GBX Benton sidings
GBY Gosforth-Benton triangle (eastbound)
GK Gosforth-Kenton Bank Foot (westbound)
GKX Kenton Bank Foot siding and British Rail single line connection
GM Gosforth-Monument (southbound)
GMX Manors-Jesmond link line (many masts do not appear to carry their identification plate)
GMY Gosforth-Monument triangle (westbound)
HC Hebburn-Chichester (eastbound)
HCS Hebburn-Chichester-South Shields (eastbound)
HO Hebburn-Old Fold (westbound)
HOM Hebburn-Old Fold-Monument
HOX Pelaw sidings
KA Kenton Bank Foot-Airport (westbound)
KG Kenton Bank Foot-Gosforth (eastbound)
KGY Kenton Bank Foot-Gosforth (depot area)
MB Monument-Byker (eastbound)
MBP Monument-Byker-Percy Main (eastbound)
MBX Stoddart Street sidings
MG Monument-Gosforth (northbound)
MGY Monument-Gosforth triangle (eastbound)
MO Monument-Old Fold (southbound)
MS Monument-St James (westbound)
OH Old Fold-Hebburn (eastbound)
OHC Old Fold-Hebburn-Chichester (eastbound)
OM Old Fold-Monument (northbound)
PB Percy Main-Byker (westbound)
PBM Percy Main-Byker-Monument (westbound)
PW Percy Main-Whitley Bay (northbound)
PWB Percy Main-Whitley Bay-Benton Square (northbound)
SC South Shields-Chichester (westbound)
SCH South Shields-Chichester-Hebburn (westbound)
SM St James-Monument (eastbound)
W South Gosforth depot west end
WB Whitley Bay-Benton Square (westbound)
WBG Whitley Bay-Benton Square-Gosforth (westbound)
WP Whitley Bay-Percy Main (southbound)
WPB Whitley Bay-Percy Main-Byker (southbound)
WPX North Shields bay platform
X South Gosforth depot south side sidings

Other "joining" mast codes can be inferred but were not seen on the editor's visit.

 

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