Rolling stock – a brief summary

Rolling stock policy – a brief summary


The livery for Regional Railways and ScotRail rolling stock uses the house colour palette of dark blue, light blue, white, silver grey and dark grey. It has been carefully tailored to suit each vehicle class. Painting and lettering specifications have been, or are in the process of being, produced for all passenger rolling stock.

The Regional Railways or ScotRail logotype appears in dark grey on all Regional Railways rolling stock as the name of the operator and is generally positioned under the first passenger window nearest the cab on both sides and at both ends of the unit. The dark blue and white fleximark is positioned within the light blue band at the cab ends of the unit. Its length will vary depending on the shape of the vehicle. Specific painting diagrams provide details.

Unit numbers are positioned on the right hand side under the driver’s window on the front of the unit. The vehicle numbers appear at the opposite ends to the logotype on driving vehicles. On middle cars the vehicle numbers are on opposing right hand ends. Data panels should be positioned on non-cab ends and not at the front of the vehicle.

Full details of the sizes and colours of logotype and numbers for each class of vehicle may be found in the Identity Management binder.

Depot symbols and allocation codes may be applied to the sides below the vehicle number but nowhere else. The size, colour and style is controlled to ensure visual quality.


As providers of high level revenue support for local fleets, PTEs are entitled to their own house colours within our livery lines. A visually acceptable and practical livery will be mutually agreed between the two parties.

The Regional Railways or ScotRail logotype will appear on the train in the position as described under the heading ‘Livery’ but the fleximark will not be used on PTE liveried stock.

The PTE symbol will be positioned within a panel close to the passenger doors at window height. Where this is not possible it will be positioned close to the doors on the lower bodyside but away from the Regional Railways or ScotRail logotype. There will be a maximum of two panels per vehicle side.

Existing agreements with PTEs and other sponsors will be honoured. Any changes are to be by agreement by both parties and must follow the format described above.

Major sponsors

In principle, major sponsors may have their symbol on the side of Regional Railways or ScotRail liveried trains if it is shown that there is a significant funding (50% or more investment) of a discrete fleet. Generally, the symbols will be positioned in the same way as those for PTEs.

Approval for the recognition of major sponsorship must be obtained from the Profit Centre Planning & Marketing Manager. The design solution and positioning will be progressed through the Identity Manager.


Interior colours and finishes are carefully chosen to present a total quality product image to the customer. Every design detail is scrutinised by the Design Manager for fitness for purpose and to ensure it adds positively to the whole image.

The agreed design of moquette, (seating fabric), for Regional Railways features dark blue and light blue spots on a grey background. These colours may be adapted, if necessary, to suit the interior schemes of older trains being refurbished. The spot colours provide a link with the outside livery to help present the total product image. PTEs may have spot colours to match their house colours instead of those of Regional Railways.

Poster frames

All rolling stock will be fitted with a universal design of frame intended to hold maps, useful information, promotional posters or even general pictures to enliven and complement the interiors. This material must not be displayed anywhere else.

Corporate signs and notices will be used for all emergency, warning and information signing.

Certain colours have been allocated for specific safety notices, such as green for emergency notices.

Working group

The Design & Identity Working Group on Rolling Stock meets regularly to assess design quality, application of identity and the monitoring of new design projects. A list of current members can be found in the Contacts pages at the back of this brochure.

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