BR Blue: Scenes from the British Rail Corporate Image Era

Author(s): Martyn Hilbert 

ISBN: 9781781558645
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The British Rail corporate image and its Rail Blue livery was the longest-lived colour scheme carried by trains in the forty-eight-year life of the nationalised railway system.

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  • A unique photographic journey across the network with unpublished colour images

  • An in-depth look at the system and rolling stock past, present and future

  • Superbly written and researched, this is essential for the historian, train enthusiast and modeller


Launched in 1965 and post-Beeching, the then new corporate image was an attempt by the BR design panel to raise the profile of the railway system countrywide and to sweep away the dull steam-era image as the Swinging Sixties got underway.

By the mid-1970s, virtually all BR locomotives and multiple units were carrying Rail Blue livery while most of the passenger coaches were in matching blue and grey. As the British Rail network was sectorised from the late 1980s in preparation for eventual privatisation, new bold and bright livery schemes for the fleet swept away the familiar, but by then somewhat, jaded BR image.

The BR blue era is now looked upon with affection as a golden age when the system was operated by an immense variety of locomotives and rolling stock, all now part of history in the same way that the steam-era was viewed when the BR blue era ruled on Britain’s railways.


BOOK ISBN 9781781558645
FORMAT 235 x 165 mm
BINDING Paperback
PAGES 96 pages
PUBLICATION DATE 20 October 2022
TERRITORY World
ILLUSTRATIONS 167 colour photographs
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An avid railway enthusiast for many years, Martyn Hilbert has spent much time and effort recording the UK railway network from the 1970s to the present day. This has resulted in a large photographic archive backed-up by detailed records and notes that chronicle the many changes that the railway system has undergone in the last forty years. Still active with the camera and recording the current scene before it all becomes history, Network North West: Images of a Changing Railway is his second book published by Fonthill Media.

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