GWR coach livery 1942–1947



Hornby GWR diagram D95, by Gerry Beale

Gerry Beale's superbly-weathered Hornby D95 Brake 3rd, with some replacement etched luggage window grills from Brassmasters, 1940s Gill Sans lettering from CPL transfers, etched door handles from David Geen, Masokits etched brass gangways, and Hubert Carr sprung buffers with the correct 18" diameter heads. The model is depicted as running c 1943, before the more widespread adoption of double waist lining. Further details can be found here.



60' Comet/Rocar Corridor First to diagram A20

One of Collett's large-windowed 60' Corridor First coaches, built in 1937 to diagram A20.
The model was built by ROCAR the model builders, based on Comet parts. Image courtesy Comet Models


As with locos, the roundel ceased to be used from 1942.

In 1942, as a wartime economy measure, stock requiring repainting was painted in reddish-brown (the ends remaining black), with a single ¾" orange line at the waist. 'G W R' (in pre-1934 lettering style) was applied below the orange line, with the coat of arms below the 'G W R'. With repainting of stock being a low priority at the time, the number of vehicles appearing in the reddish-brown livery was probably few. Roofs were painted dark grey.

In 1943, the company insignia was applied below the waistline, being the coat of arms flanked by 'GREAT' and 'WESTERN', with the lettering, along with the class designations on doors and coach numbers, in a sans-serif font. At some time after 1943, normal brown and cream application was resumed, although roofs continued to be painted dark grey. Double waist lining was applied to principal and/or new coaches, while lesser coaches received just a single line. Droplight frames were painted maroon from 1943.


GWR Composite Restaurant car diagram H33

Tony Richards' model of a 1939-refurbished Composite Restaurant car H33, converted from a Hornby 'Railroad' original, and using Comet etched brass overlays. Tony's description of the conversion can be found on the Swansea Railway Modellers Group site. (Tony is aware the lining should be double at the waist!)


GWR diagram K42 passenger full brake, by Robin Sweet

Robin Sweet's diagram K42 passenger full brake, built from a Comet kit, sitting on Robin's 'Brent' layout.