GWR coach livery 1922–1927

Unknown GWR Star at Twyford c 1924 with a down express of Toplight stock

Freshly repainted Toplight stock (and a Dreadnought) behind a Star on a down express at Twyford, c 1924


GWR Toplight livery, 1922

1922 livery on a panelled Toplight, on the Severn Valley Railway. The toplights have an inner rim of cream. The SVR is fond of a maroon shade for its droplights and bolections. The inner rim of the droplight surrounds is brown. Image courtesy of Gareth Price. Click on the image for a bigger version.

This is the coach livery introduced by Collett in July 1922, and making its first appearance on that summer's Cornish Riviera Express.

The livery re-introduced the basic characteristics of the pre-World War I years, although with various minor modifications. Most notably, the earlier brown line inside the cream panels was abandoned.

Numbers, class designations and the lettering 'G W R' was positioned in the waist panels, and the Garter Crest with associated smaller crests was carried.

Mouldings were black edged either side with 7/16" gold. A similar treatment was given to steel-panelled coaches, in order to imitate the appearance of earlier coaches.

Droplight surrounds were in cream, but the droplights themselves were in indian red, also referred to as 'mahogany color' by some sources (as opposed to the earlier, real mahogany). Bolections were also in 'mahogany color'.

Destination board brackets (on coach sides) were in cream.


GWR coach livery 1924

1924 'cream wings' livery

The extent of the black coverage on the surrounds of longlight and quarterlight windows changed. In 1924, 'cream wings' were introduced on the sides of windows adjacent to doors, alleviating the black coverage.


Comet 57' Brake Composite diagram E128

57' Brake Composite diagram E128, introduced under Collett in 1925, and carrying the 1924 livery. 4mm Comet kit, image courtesy Comet Models