Target Plate Shapes etc

 
  AdelaideRail75 Station Master

Location: Adelaide, South Australia
On many photos of even the old SAR up until the early 1980s I can see that Target Plates or shapes were used on railcars and locos near the bumper can someone provide me a list of what these shapes meant and what location they were going to.

I heard the shape + meant the northern lines etc.

Thanks for your help.

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Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
Same is listed on johhnyspages, also gives the nighttime headlight/marker light designations
click this http://www.johnnyspages.com/rail_dittys_files/sar_signalling/sar_signalling.htm#train_designations_signs_lights and go to the bottom of the page

Also check this thread from 2006 https://www.railpage.com.au/f-p516608.htm#516608

One addition to the above is the Tonsley line which was indicated by '=' (same plate as Outer Harbor line but rotated 90 degrees)
  justapassenger Minister for Railways

A remaining relic of this practice is SteamRanger carrying the X plate to this day.

Curiously, it seems from all the photos I can find that 621 seems to be the only loco not to carry it. Anyone know if there's some particular reason for that?
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After looking at some photo's close up from Xmas time there seems to be no bracket on the front of the loco to place it in . But 621 still carries the X on the tender

https://www.flickr.com/photos/95864409@N04/24105734681/in/dateposted-public/lightbox/

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