Rail Liveries Volume 3: The British Rail Steam Years sets out to illustrate the liveries carried by the British Railways steam fleet from 1948 until condemnation, which as you will see, is not as simple as it would at first appear, given that the vast majority of the fleet carried only black or green based liveries throughout the period. To that end the definition of a livery here is any paint, symbol, lettering or number applied to the normally visible part of a locomotive or tender. While British Railways set out detailed specifications for liveries, practicality and human interpretation of the rules led to hundreds of variations.
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