GWR coach livery 1922–1927
Freshly repainted Toplight stock (and a Dreadnought) behind a Star on a down express at Twyford, c 1924
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. 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 'GWR' was positioned in the waist panels, and the Garter Crest with associated smaller crests was carried.
The lining was black edged with gold.
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). Mouldings were lined in black. Steel panelled coaches (without mouldings) were also lined out with black, in order to imitate the mouldings of earlier coaches.
Destination board brackets were in cream.
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.
57' Brake Composite diagram E128, introduced under Collett in 1925, and carrying the 1924 livery. 4mm Comet kit, image courtesy Comet Models