Then we came across the following photograph that was taken c1910 that showed the branch line side of the waiting room when it was still a shelter and ‘bingo’ there was a sign on the wall, but was it our sign, and was it 16ft long?
A trip to Bere Alston confirmed that the waiting room was 32ft long, an enlarged copy of the photograph allowed us to follow the pattern of the stone and mark the wall where the sign started, it was exactly 8ft in from the edge. If the sign was symmetrically installed, and I am sure it would have been, that would put a 16ft sign right in the middle of the wall.
A close look at the wall and the repaired original fixing holes could be seen.
We are now confident that we now know where the sign was and that it was put there by the PD&SWJR but why, we do not know. The company’s loco’s were lined blue but their coaches were green as were their uniform. The colour scheme of the branch line station buildings was the same as the L&SWR. and the branch line running in boards were the same as the early L&SWR (dark lettering on a light background).
Could it be as simple as a small company making a statement and is there any significance that the sign is directly above the PD&SWJR’s ‘0’ mile post, or…… was it the work of Holman Fred Stephens