GWR chocolate & cream coach livery
(rgb 42,1,1; hex: #310101)
(rgb 255,231,171; hex: #FFE7AB)
The GWR chocolate and cream coach livery was introduced in 1864. The scheme was originally intended as chocolate and white, but with several layers of varnish the white tone appeared as a light cream. The word 'brown' is often used synonymously with 'chocolate'.
The two colours lasted on coaching stock until the end of the company's existence, with the following exceptions: In 1908, an all-over brown livery was introduced, retaining lining but discarding the cream entirely. This rather austere livery was replaced in 1912 by a richer crimson lake colour, which lasted until 1922.
In 1922, Collett did away with the WWI wartime colours (which included khaki and black), and reintroduced the chocolate and cream colours. It seems from 1922 onward that less varnishing was applied, and it is possible that a cream paint was introduced rather than a white used previously.
The brown and cream scheme lasted as the standard GWR coach livery until nationalisation, although in 1942, as a wartime economy measure, stock requiring repainting was painted in a reddish-brown colour.
The colour panels adjacent are based on J.N.Slinn 'Great Western Way', HMRS 1978. Colour values in rgb and hex are given, but should be regarded only as a guide.