1950 building colours

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steve howe
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1950 building colours

Postby steve howe » Sun Feb 17, 2019 5:35 pm

This might open another hornet's nest, but I would like a steer on painting schemes, particularly for windows, that British Railways adopted in the LMR region post-Nationalisation?

I've been lumbered with making some buildings for our 00 :? Club layout which is set in the Birmingham area circa 1950. Grubby brick is the order of the day, but what of the window frames and woodwork? I was thinking the outer frames might be maroon with the sashes in cream, but this seems a bit elaborate for the Austerity era.

Any thoughts welcome,


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Re: 1950 building colours

Postby david_g » Sun Feb 17, 2019 6:01 pm

Well you can take your pick. This is a LNWR modular timber building post closure of the line in 1959:
https://www.warwickshirerailways.com/lm ... &l2082.htm

but this photo of the building on the other platform, demolished pre-closure, shows the sashes not picked out in what looks like white on the other photo. Not sure of the date of this one so the building may be still as painted by the LMS.

https://www.warwickshirerailways.com/lm ... l1323a.htm

The Warwickshire Railways website has lots of photos so a little exploration may be helpful.

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Re: 1950 building colours

Postby Noel » Sun Feb 17, 2019 9:06 pm

https://www.stationcolours.com/lms BR(LMR) is at the bottom of the page.

In 1950 there is every chance that a station would still be in degraded LMSR colours, since the LMSR, like the other big railways, had a lot of work to catch up on after the war, and had to prioritise. Also paint was in very short supply for several years after the end of the war (hence brand new BR wooden wagons with only the metalwork painted).

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