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Southern Railway EMU 1939-Nationalisation Numeric Headcodes

The early Southern Railway EMU stock used an alpha route indicator which was mounted on a single width fret and clipped to the illuminated middle panel on the front of the motor or trailer driving car. With the introduction in 1941 of the 4Sub units the alpha headcodes gave way to two-digit numeric headcodes although the older stock continued to use the alpha codes until withdrawal, in some cases lasting through to the 1960s.
The following are the numeric headcodes in use on the SR between July 1939 and nationalisation.
Where a number is followed by the word "bar" this denotes a bar was displayed above the number on the illuminated panel, e.g. 8 bar = 8bar

South Eastern Section
0 Elmers End - Hayes
Strood - Gillingham
1 Strood - Maidstone West
Grove Park - Bromley North
2 Elmers End - Addiscombe
Nunhead - Crystal Palace High Level
3 Elmers End - Sanderstead
8 Brighton - Gillingham (special excursion workings) via London Bridge (reverse) and Greenwich
9 Cannon Street - Bromley North (not via Lewisham)
10 Charing Cross - Bromley North (not via Lewisham)
12 Charing Cross - Orpington (not via Lewisham)
13 Cannon Street - Orpington (not via Lewisham)
14 Charing Cross - Orpington via Lewisham
15 Cannon Street - Orpington via Lewisham
16 Charing Cross - Sevenoaks via Orpington (not via Lewisham)
17 Cannon Street - Sevenoaks via Orpington (not via Lewisham)
Holborn Viaduct - Sevenoaks via London Bridge - (not via Lewisham)
Blackfriars - Wimbledon via Herne Hill and Tulse Hill
18 Charing Cross - Sevenoaks via Lewisham and Orpington
19 Cannon Street - Sevenoaks via Lewisham and Orpington
20 Charing Cross - New Beckenham via Lewisham
21 Cannon Street - New Beckenham via Lewisham
London Bridge - Holborn Viaduct via West Croydon and St Helier
23 Holborn Viaduct - Bickley via Herne Hill
Special workings between the Eastern and Western Sections via the Central
24 Victoria - Bickley via Herne Hill
Blackfriars - Bickley via Herne Hill
Charing Cross - Hayes via Lewisham
25 Cannon Street - Hayes via Lewisham
Blackfriars - Bickley via Herne Hill
26 Victoria - Bickley viaCatford
Charing Cross - Addiscombe via Lewisham
Charing Cross - Elmers End via Lewisham
27 Cannon Street - Addiscombe via Lewisham
Cannon Street - Addiscombe via Elmers End
Holborn Viaduct - Bickley via Catford
28 Charing Cross - Selsdon or Sanderstead via Lewisham
29 Cannon Street - Selsdon or Sanderstead via Lewisham
Blackfriars - Bickley via Catford
30 Charing Cross - New Beckenham via Catford Bridge
31 Cannon Street - New Beckenham via Catford Bridge
32 Herne Hill - Bromley South
34 Charing Cross - Hayes via Catford Bridge
35 Cannon Street - Hayes via Catford Bridge
36 Charing Cross - Addiscombe via Catford Bridge
Charing Cross - Elmers End via Catford Bridge
Orpington or Swanley - Victoria (Bank Holiday special and ECS workings) via Beckenham Junction and Crystal Palace
37 Cannon Street - Addiscombe via Catford Bridge
Cannon Street - Elmers End via Catford Bridge
38 Charing Cross - Selsdon or Sanderstead or Catford Bridge
39 Cannon Street - Selsdon or Sanderstead via Catford Bridge
40 Charing Cross - Sidcup or Dartford (not via Lewisham)
41 Cannon Street - Sidcup or Dartford (not via Lewisham)
42 Charing Cross - Sidcup - Gillingham (not via Lewisham)
43 Cannon Street - Gillingham via Sidcup - Dartford (not via Lewisham)
45 Orpington - Holborn Viaduct via London Bridge (unidirectional)
46 Charing Cross - Gravesend Central - detaching portion to Maidstone West, (not via Lewisham)
47 Cannon Street - Maidstone West (not via Lewisham)
Cannon Street - Gravesend Central via Sidcup (not via Lewisham)
48 Holborn Viaduct or Blackfriars - Bromley North via London Bridge
49 Holborn Viaduct or Blackfriars - Gravesend Central via London Bridge and Sidcup (not via Lewisham)
50 Charing Cross - Sidcup or Dartford via Lewisham
51 Cannon Street - Sidcup or Dartford via Lewisham
52 Charing Cross - Gillingham via Lewisham and Sidcup
53 Cannon Street - Gillingham via Lewisham and Sidcup
Gillingham - Brighton via London Bridge (reverse) (Bank Holiday excursion specials)
56 Charing Cross - Gravesend Central via Lewisham - detaching portion to Maidstone West
57 Blackfriars - Crystal Palace High Level via Nunhead
Cannon Street - Gravesend Central via Lewisham
Cannon Street - Maidstone West via Lewisham - Sidcup
58 Holborn Viaduct or Blackfriars - Gravesend Central via Nunhead and Sidcup (unidirectional)
Gravesend Central - Blackfriars via Sidcup and Nunhead (unidirectional)
59 Holborn Viaduct or Blackfriars - Gravesend Central via London Bridge, Lewisham and Sidcup
Dartford - Holborn Viaduct via Sidcup and Nunhead
60 Charing Cross - Dartford via Blackheath and Charlton
61 Cannon Street - Dartford via Blackheath and Charlton
Blackfriars - Sevenoaks via Herne Hill - Orpington
62 Charing Cross - Gillingham via Blackheath and Charlton
63 Cannon Street - Gillingham via Blackheath and Charlton
Blackfriars - Sevenoaks via Catford and Orpington
64 Charing Cross - Gravesend Central or Maidstone West via Blackheath and Charlton
65 Cannon Street - Gravesend Central or Maidstone West via Blackheath and Charlton
Blackfriars - Sevenoaks via Herne Hill and Swanley
Blackfriars - Sevenoaks via Herne Hill and Orpington
67 Blackfriars - Sevenoaks via Catford and Swanley
68 Holborn Viaduct or Blackfriars - Gravesend Central via Nunhead, Blackheath and Charlton
69 Holborn Viaduct or Blackfriars - Gravesend Central via London Bridge, Blackheath and Charlton
70 Bexleyheath - Dartford
Victoria - Sevenoaks via Herne Hill and Orpington
71 Cannon Street - Dartford via Bexleyheath
Holborn Viaduct - Sevenoaks via Herne Hill and Orpington
72 Charing Cross - Gillingham via Bexleyheath
Victoria - Sevenoaks via Catford and Orpington
Blackfriars - Sevenoaks via Nunhead and Orpington
73 Cannon Street - Gillingham via Bexleyheath
Holborn Viaduct - Sevenoaks via Catford and Orpington
74 Charing Cross - Gravesend Central or Maidstone West via Bexleyheath
Victoria - Herne Hill
75 Cannon Street - Gravesend Central or Maidstone West via Bexleyheath
Holborn Viaduct or Blackfriars - Herne Hill
75 bar Plumstead to Peckham Rye (to work 75 to Holborn Viaduct)
76 Holborn Viaduct or Blackfriars - Cannon Street
London Bridge Low Level - Gravesend Central via Bexleyheath
Holborn Viaduct - Sevenoaks via Chislehurst and Swanley
78 Holborn Viaduct or Blackfriars - Gravesend Central via Nunhead and Bexleyheath
79 Holborn Viaduct or Blackfriars - Gravesend Central via London Bridge and Bexleyheath
Gravesend Central or Dartford - Holborn Viaduct via Bexleyheath and Nunhead
79 bar Holborn Viaduct - West Croydon via Streatham and Streatham Common (ECS workings)
Beckenham Junction - London Bridge via Crystal Palace and Tulse Hill (ECS workings)
Victoria (eastern section) - Wimbledon south sidings via Herne Hill (ECS workings)
80 Charing Cross - Dartford via Greenwich
Victoria - Sevenoaks via Herne Hill and Swanley
81 Cannon Street - Dartford via Greenwich
Holborn Viaduct - Sevenoaks via Herne Hill and Swanley
82 Charing Cross - Gillingham via Greenwich
Victoria - Sevenoaks via Catford and Swanley
83 Cannon Street - Gillingham via Greenwich
Holborn Viaduct - Sevenoaks via Catford and Swanley
84 Charing Cross - Gravesend Central or Maidstone West via Greenwich
85 Cannon Street - Gravesend Central or Maidstone West via Greenwich
Holborn Viaduct or Blackfriars - Orpington via Nunhead, Lewisham, Catford Bridge and Bickely
86 Victoria - Crystal Palace High Level via Nunhead
87 Holborn Viaduct - Crystal Palace High Level via Nunhead
89 Holborn Viaduct or Blackfriars - Gravesend Central via London Bridge and Greenwich
Holborn Viaduct or Blackfriars - Gravesend Central via Nunhead and Sidcup
90 Victoria - Gillingham via Herne Hill
Gillingham - Waterloo East (special workings) via Dartford, Charlton and Blackheath
91 Holborn Viaduct - Gillingham via Herne Hill
92 Victoria - Gillingham via Catford
93 Holborn Viaduct or Blackfriars - Gillingham via Catford
Charing Cross - Caterham
Tattenham Corner or Caterham - Cannon Street
94 Sanderstead or Hayes - Waterloo East via Lewisham (special workings)
95 Holborn Viaduct - Maidstone East via Herne Hill
96 Victoria - Maidstone East via Catford
Dartford - Waterloo East via Sidcup (special traffic workings)
97 Holborn Viaduct - Maidstone East via Catford
Charing Cross - Reigate via Redhill
01 Maidstone East - Beckenham Junction (special workings)
Tattenham Corner or Caterham - Charing Cross
02 Victoria - Streatham Hill via Herne Hill (ECS workings)
Charing Cross or Cannon Street - New Cross Gate (ECS workings)
02 bar Charing Cross - New Cross Gate (ECS workings)
03 Holborn Viaduct - Streatham Hill via Herne Hill (ECS workings)
04 Ramblers excursion workings
05 Cannon Street - Sevenoaks via Chislehurst and Swanley
06 Charing Cross - Sevenoaks via Chislehurst and Swanley
Holborn Viaduct - West Croydon via Herne Hill, Tulse Hill, Wimbledon, St Helier and Sutton
07 Cannon Street - Gillingham via Chislehurst and Swanley
08 Charing Cross - Gillingham via Chislehurst and Swanley
Victoria (eastern section) - Sutton via Herne Hill, Wimbledon and St Helier
09 Cannon Street - Maidstone East via Chislehurst and Swanley

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