Monday, January 31, 2011


British Railways came into being in 1948 as an amalgamation of the four regional companies: Great Western (GWR), Southern (SR), London Midland & Scottish (LMS) and London & North Eastern (LNER). For about three years BR�s road transport fleet remained in the old companies� liveries with �BRITISH RAILWAYS� painted over the obliterated company names.

As new vehicles were purchased, these were painted in BR�s first standard livery colour of all-over maroon.

BR Southern Region Service Van

This Austin A40 van is in British Railways original all-maroon livery and carries the �double-sausages� logo. This single-colour livery-colour livery was superseded during the 1950s by the so-called �blood and custard� colour sheme of carmine and deep cream which itself was replaced by a �stone� livery.

British Transport Hotels Van

The Morris Minor van in this set represents a light van in service with British Transport Hotels in the 1960s. It is in the all-over �stone� livery that was used by British Rail from 1961, and carries the double-arrow logo�sometimes unkindly called �the arrows of indecision�. This logo persisted in use until early 1996.

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