4-character Train Reporting Numbers
The first position indicated the classification of the train. These values were revised in 1969, and these new values are shown below:
Light locomotive. light locomotives coupled, or locomotive with brake tenders.
Express passenger train, postal train, newspaper train or breakdown train or snow plough going to clear the line, or light locomotive going to assist disabled train.
Ordinary passenger train, mixed train, or breakdown train or snow plough not going to clear the line.
Express parcels train composed of vehicles permitted to run at 90 mph or over.
Empty coaching stock train (not specially authorised to carry Class 1 headcode).
(a) Fully-fitted Company or block train, parcels or milk train.
Express freight train, not fully-fitted but with brake force not less than that shown in Section E of the Working Manual for Rail Staff.
Freight train, not fully-fitted but with brake force not less than that shown in Section E of the Working Manual for Rail Staff.
Unfitted freight train (where specially authorised).