GWR coach livery 1934–1942

Comet Models 61' large-windowed Corridor Brake Composite diagram E152/3 (adjacent) and (below) a Corridor Brake 3rd diagram D121, both built in 1936. Images courtesy Comet Models Comet 61' Corridor Brake Composite

Comet 61' Brake 3rd large window diagram D121

GWR diagram E140 coach refurbished from a Hornby model

Al Reynolds has given this venerable Airfix/Hornby E140 B-set brake composite a refurb with a late-1930s style repaint, laser-glaze windows, reworked underframe detail, new headstocks, and the erroneous window in the brake compartment area filled in. Two livery errors are shown however – after c 1932, the GWR was no longer labelling 3rd doors on ordinary stock with 'Third', and there is doubt whether shirtbuttons appeared on doors.


During the 1934–1942 period, the new, modernized livery was augmented by the GWR 'shirtbutton' roundel. The logo was placed centrally on coach sides, while railcars carried it under the driving windows.

Apart from the roundel, no other major livery changes took place during this period. One minor exception was the all-brown, no-lining livery applied to some workmen's trains during the 1930s. The all-brown livery was also applied to some bogie full brakes from c 1934 onward.

From the outbreak of WWII, roofs were painted grey instead of white, as a means of making them less visible from the air.