These pages provide GWR livery details from the turn of the 20th century to nationalisation in 1948, together with some notes on the post-nationalisation 1948–64 era. Note that some periods and styles are currently unaccounted for, pending the availability of good quality illustrations.

For liveries of some of the constitutent pre-grouping companies, have a look at the features section.

Colours and insignia
Details and illustrations of basic stock, building and uniform colours, as well as the main insignia used by the GWR GWR Garter Crest
GWR Coat of Arms
GWR Roundel
GWR loco colours
GWR coach colours
GWR building and structure colours
GWR uniform colours

Loco liveries
Details and illustrations of the main GWR loco liveries from 1900–1947, together with details of post-nationalisation BR(W) steam loco livery from 1948–64

GWR 1900–1906 loco livery
GWR 1906–1934 loco livery
GWR 1934–1942 loco livery
GWR 1942–1947 loco livery
BR(W) steam loco livery 1948–1964

  Good online references for loco liveries:

Ian Rathbone's comprehensive guide to loco painting, covering 1923 to 1955

Malcolm Mitchell's Painting Guide for Great Western Locomotives

Coach liveries
Details and illustrations of the main GWR coach liveries from c 1880–1947, plus notes on the BR(W) livery for loco-hauled stock.

GWR 1880–1908 coach livery
GWR 1908–1912 coach livery
GWR 1912–1922 coach livery
GWR 1922–1927 coach livery
GWR 1927–1934 coach livery
GWR 1934–1942 coach livery
GWR 1942–1947 coach livery
BR(W) loco-hauled coach livery 1948–1964

See also coach illustrations and livery graphics on the Great Western Railway Coaches site

A note on coach livery repainting intervals:

In general, a coach livery pre-WWI was expected to last approximately 10–12 years before repainting was necessary. From 1922 onward, with the re-introduction of the brown and cream body colours, it seems less varnishing was applied, and the repainting interval for non-express stock dropped to approximately 7 years. For express stock, the pace of repainting seems to have accelerated during the mid- to late-1920s as a result of the GWR Board voting for extra funds to be made available to hasten the repainting program. As a consequence, it was rare to see a crimson lake corridor coach after 1927/8, and rare to find a fully-lined (pre-1927) corridor coach after c 1930.

Assessing what livery a coach should be in a particular era, especially when the official livery was changing quite rapidly (throughout the 1920s, and post-1948) is therefore difficult, and some intelligent guesswork needs to be applied using the build date of a coach. As always, good contemporary pictures help considerably.

Goods and non-passenger-carrying coaching stock ('brown' vehicles) liveries
Illustrates the standard goods stock grey and 'brown' liveries GWR early red wagon livery
GWR standard goods stock livery
GWR non-passenger-carrying coaching stock ('brown' vehicles') livery

Name and number plates
Details and illustrations of name and number plates for locos and wagons GWR loco nameplates
GWR loco numberplates
GWR wagon plates