Signal box prefix codes

A (hopefully) comprehensive listing

'Boxes beginning F

Last update 25 August 2021

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Code Signal Box Note ELR Mileage Opened Closed Control to
EB Factory Junction Later code ATL VIR 6m 64ch 1m 61ch 25 January 1953 17 May 1980 Victoria Signalling Centre (VS)
G Believed to be earlier code
A Automatic signals
F Fairfield Junction HAJ 3m 56ch by January 1907 6 May 1984 Ashburys (AS)
FJ Fairwood Junction WEY 111m 16ch 1 January 1933 11 May 1984 Westbury [new] (W)
- Falmer BTL 3m 44ch 23 February 1930 30 March 1985 Three Bridges [new] (T)
F Falsgrave YMS 41m 63ch 1908 1 November 2010 Seamer [reopened] (YS)
FH Fareham SDP2 84m 10ch 1903 20 June 1982 Eastleigh [new] (E)
FJ Farington Junction CGJ5 ≈19m 2ch Preston (PN)
MW Farlington Junction WPH2 40m 38ch 1 January 1860 5 May 1968 Portsmouth (PW)
TW Farnborough BML1 33m 23ch 25 September 1904 20 November 1966 Basingstoke [panel] (YW)
WA Automatic signals
WZ Farncombe Named Farncombe West to 29 April 1934 WPH1 33m 45ch May 1897
WA Automatic signals
Farncombe West See Farncombe
FN Farnham PAA2 40m 40ch May 1901 27 August 2013 Woking ASC (WK)
FD Farnham Depot Shunt Panel PAA2 ≈41m 6ch 13 June 2005
EM Farningham Road VIR 20m 26ch ≈1876 12 June 1983 Victoria Signalling Centre (VS)
A Automatic signals
FJ Farnley Junction Leeds (L)
D Down line automatic signals
U Up line automatic signals
EY Faversham VIR 52m 7ch 24 May 1959 24 December 2011 East Kent Signalling Centre (EK)
A Automatic signals
Fawkham See Longfield
FN Fawkham Station VIR 23m 22ch by 1873 28 November 1965 Victoria Signalling Centre (VS)
Fawley TTF 91m 42ch 20 July 1925
- Faygate TBH1 34m 27ch 1877 20 April 1986 Three Bridges [new] (T)
F Featherstone Downgraded to gate box 17 May 1969 WAG1 53m 72ch 29 March 1987 Oakenshaw (O)
FF Felin Fran Downgraded to ground frame 16 June 1973: line controlled by Port Talbot (PT) SDI2 2m 23ch 1913 Wales Rail Operating Centre (PT) (planned)
FB Felixstowe Beach Code shown in 1970 weekly notice FED ≈84m 60ch 1888 24 July 1971 Felixstowe Beach [new] (F)
F Felixstowe Beach [new] FED 84m 69ch 25 July 1971 14 March 1999 Colchester [new] (CO)
NQ Felixstowe North Quay Freightliner Depot FED 86m 0ch 1987
also had draw-ahead signals from 16 February 1987 labelled A-G with no number
FL Felling Unclear whether one or both codes used LEN3 15 December 1929? 17 July 1965 Gateshead (G)
F Feltham RDG1 14m 59ch 8 September 1974
BEF Shepperton branch. Code used from 24 June 2019. Temporary code until taken over by Basingstoke Signalling Control Centre
FX Proposed code shown on plans of Staines-Heathrow 'Airtrack' extension
WBK Feltham West Downgraded to gate box 8 September 1974 RDG1 14m 78ch ≈1880 10 January 1975 Feltham (F)
Fence Houses See Fencehouses
F Fencehouses Also known as Fence Houses. Code used from 31 March 1987 FEP 12m 43ch 1914 18 May 1991 Line closed
F Fenchurch Street FSS1 0m 20ch 14 April 1935 22 July 1994 Upminster IECC (UR) after temporary line closure
D Down line automatic signals
U Up line automatic signals
UF Up fast line automatic signals
US Up slow line automatic signals
Fencote Still standing 2007 BYB 140m 10ch 1 September 1897 15 September 1952 Line closed
F Feniton Gate box: line controlled by Honiton (HN) BAE2 159m 26ch 9 June 1974 26 March 2012 Basingstoke Signalling Control Centre (SE)
FC Fenny Compton Code used by 8 November 1953 DCL SJT1 94m 76ch 22m 41ch 6 March 1960 1 May 2004 last train; 4 May 2004 official Leamington Spa (OL)
FS Fenny Stratford BBM 1m 13ch 1883 23 July 2004 last train; 6 September 2004 official Marston Vale (MV)
FE Ferme Park ECM1 3m 55ch 1976
FP Ferme Park North Down ECM1 3m 68ch June 1893 7 December 1974 Wood Green (WG)
F Ferrybridge SMJ2 2m 10ch 1956 18 April 2006 Ferrybridge [new] (FE)
BS Code used for at least one up line signal
D Down direction automatic signals
R Distant signals
U Up direction automatic signals
FE Ferrybridge [new] SMJ2 2m 33ch 18 April 2006
FPS Ferrybridge Power Station JMM ≈1m 60ch ? 8 April 2006
FB Unclear exactly where these signals used (or if used by Ferrybridge)
E Position light and flashing red light signals
T Unloading control signals
F Ferryhill Named Ferryhill No 2 to 28 November 1971 ECM5 56m 70ch December 1953 30 January 2021 last train 10 February 2021 official York Rail Operating Centre (NF)
D Down line automatic signals. Code used from 1971
RU Banner repeaters for up line automatic signals. Code used from 1971
U Up line automatic signals. Code used from 1971
Ferryhill No 2 See Ferryhill
F Ferryhill No 3 Code used from February 1966 ECM5 ≈56m 35ch 28 November 1971 Ferryhill (F)
D Down line automatic signals. Code used from February 1966
RU Banner repeaters for up line automatic signals. Code used from February 1966
U Up line automatic signals. Code used from February 1966 (unclear whether used at all)
FS Ferryside SWM2 238m 47ch 1884 Wales Rail Operating Centre (PT) (planned)
FF Fiddlers Ferry Power Station Code not carried SDJ2 14m 46ch c July 1967
S Fiddlers Ferry power station control room by 1987
FE Filey HBS 44m 36ch 1911 25 June 2000 Seamer [temporary panel] (SR)
Filton Incline BSW 4m 14ch 8 July 1917 17 October 1970 Bristol (B)
FJ Filton Junction Code used from 19 October 1970 BSW 4m 54ch 7 April 1903 20 February 1971 Bristol (B)
F Unclear if code used
DFR Down Filton relief line automatic signals. Code used from 19 October 1970
UFM Up Filton main line automatic signals. Code used from 19 October 1970
Filton West Junction AFR 112m 73ch 24 April 1910 20 February 1971 Bristol (B)
F Finningley Panel fitted 4 December 1977. Downgraded to gate box 9 September 1979: line controlled by Doncaster (D) SPD4 112m 7ch May 1877
FP Finsbury Park ECM1 ≈2m 45ch 27 April 1975 7 August 1976 Kings Cross (K)
F2 Finsbury Park No 2 ECM1 ≈2m 33ch 10 June 1974 reopened 13 September 1975 Finsbury Park (FP)
F3 Finsbury Park No 3 ECM1 2m 32ch 6 July 1911 27 April 1975 Finsbury Park (FP)
F4 Finsbury Park No 4 ECM1 2m 31ch 1894 20 April 1974 Finsbury Park No 6 (F6)
F5 Finsbury Park No 5 ECM1 2m 51ch 6 July 1911 27 April 1975 Finsbury Park (FP)
F6 Finsbury Park No 6 ECM1 2m 49ch 29 January 1891 8 June 1975 Finsbury Park (FP)
S6 Code reported in 1975 notice, believed in error
D Finsbury Park No 7 Down line automatic signals HBB 2m 73ch 1876 8 June 1975 Line closed
U Up line automatic signals
FK Firbeck Named Firbeck A to 7 August 1983. Unclear if code carried BKS 11m 20ch 1 October 1926 7 October 1984 Maltby Colliery (M)
Firbeck A See Firbeck
FB Fishbourne Crossing TBH2 29m 28ch 1881 23 October 1992 Chichester (CC)
DFB Distant signal (code probably not carried)
FS Fiskerton Downgraded to gate box 13 August 1994?: line controlled by Fiskerton Junction. Also known as Fiskerton Station NOB1 12m 42ch 6 July 1902 22 October 2016 East Midlands Control Centre (NN)
FJ Fiskerton Junction NOB1 12m 4ch 7 April 1929 22 October 2016 East Midlands Control Centre (NN)
FB Code reported but believed not carried
Fiskerton Station See Fiskerton
Flax Bourton MLN1 124m 28ch 21 September 1958 4 December 1971 Bristol (B)
Flaxton YMS 9m 21ch 11 June 1989 Strensall (S)
UW Fleet BML1 36m 34ch 25 September 1904 21 February 1960 Farnborough (TW)
R Distant signals
WA Automatic signals
WAR Distant to automatic signals
FL Fletton ECM1 74m 78ch 6 August 1890 28 April 1973 Peterborough (P)
FY Foley Crossing NSS 1m 56ch 1889
R Banner repeater signals
YE Folkestone East XTD 70m 79ch 18 February 1962
EBB Folkestone Harbour Last use May 2008? FFH2 71m 75ch 17 December 1933 29 September 2011 line officially taken out of use
ZE Folkestone Junction Code used from 1960 XTD 71m 2ch 14 November 1908 18 February 1962 Folkestone East (YE)
A Automatic signals
FB Ford Bridge SHL 40m 66ch 2 October 1988 Moreton On Lugg (ML)
FR Forders Sidings Believed code not carried BBM 11m 74ch 1930 23 July 2004 last train; 6 September 2004 official Marston Vale (MV)
CBW Ford Junction TBH2 19m 31ch 10 March 1912 8 December 1979 Arundel (AR)
F Forest Gate Later code LTN1 5m 63ch 1895 24 August 1996 Liverpool Street [new] (L)
FG Earlier code
DE Down electric line automatic signals
DM Down main line automatic signals
RF Repeater signals
UE Up electric line automatic signals
UM Up main line automatic signals
FH Forest Hall Downgraded to gate box 1940 ECM7 ≈4m 77ch 6 February 1965 Benton (B)
LC Forest Hill LBW 5m 75ch 8 October 1950 15 June 1969 Norwood Junction (JC)
CA Automatic signals
JC Temporary code for 14 June 1969 only, until taken over by Norwood Junction
FJ Fork Junction Location not certain LLS2 0m 10ch 1881 ≈19 March 1973 Stratford (S)
F Forres Named Forres East to 1967. Code used from 2002 to 2003 ANI2 0m 17ch 20 October 1896 7 October 2017 Inverness (HE)
FS Code from 11 January 2002
Forres East See Forres
F Forth Believed code used from 12 April 1959 NEN1 0m 55ch 31 May 1908 6 February 1966 Newcastle (N)
FW Fort William Junction Named Mallaig Junction to 27 March 1988. Code used from renaming MLG1 WHL 0m 5ch 98m 65ch 6 August 1894
FD Fouldubs Junction GMH 1m 51ch 12 January 1908
FO Four Oaks ALC1 6m 21ch 12 October 1992 Aston (AN)
FD Foxfield Believed code not carried CBC1 40m 40ch 1879
F Foxton Downgraded to gate box 26 February 1983: line controlled by Cambridge (CA). Unclear whether code carried SBR 50m 73ch 20 August 1878
FR Fratton A Stop boards WPH2 43m 70ch 1968
GF Ground frame controlled signals
F Freemans Code used by 1974 WSB 1m 31ch 1956
FE Freightliner Depot East End Ground Switch Panel TLL ≈10m 0ch 27 May 1996
FW Freightliner Depot West End Ground Switch Panel TLL 9m 50ch 27 May 1996
FT Freight Terminal Ground Frame [Kings Cross] Upgraded to signal box ≈1987 CRF3 29 September 1975 10 June 1989 Kings Cross (K)
FD Freshfield Downgraded to gate box HXS3 17m 78ch 1878 1 May 1994 Merseyrail (ML)
Friargate MAC3 109m 3ch 1884 September 1993 burnt out 12 April 1990 Pasture Street (P)
FJ Friars Junction MLN1 3m 53ch 9 March 1902 8 October 1962 Old Oak Common (OO)
UW Frimley Junction Code used from 1963 AAV 9m 61ch June 1879 25 March 1973 Ash Vale Junction (HW)
F Frinton Gate box: line controlled by Thorpe-le-Soken (T) TWN 68m 76ch ≈1924 4 May 2009 Colchester [new] (CO)
FY Frisby GSM3 110m 17ch 23 February 1941
Frodingham Trent Junction See Trent Junction
FJ Frodsham Junction FJH 1m 49ch 1912
F Fryston NOC 18m 3ch 25 April 1987 Castleford (C)
FN Normanton line signals
F Fulbourne CCH 4m 34ch 1875 7 May 1983 Cambridge (CA)
FV Furness Vale BEJ 8m 57ch 1887