rolling stock

rolling stock
  • Liveries
  • External markings
  • Interiors
  • Design details
  • Signs and notices

The livery of Regional Railways has been developed from that of Provincial. The existing livery is a good one and we are taking it one step further by enriching the colours and introducing a number of small but important refinements, such as the addition of the logotype to show who the operator is. Vehicles will be painted in the new livery only when due for repainting. Even so we shall achieve a consistent appearance in a relatively short time, without an enormous expenditure, simply because of the similarity between the current and the new liveries.

The livery designed specifically for the Class 158 vehicles will remain as it is. in other words as agreed before the Regional Railways identity strategy was developed.

The Passenger Transport Executives (PTEs) have developed, and promoted, very strong identities of their own over the years and won a high degree of recognition. While the new corporate identity makes it clear that Regional Railways takes responsibility for the operation of the service, the PTEs keep their individuality by applying the linear design of the new corporate identity in their own corporate colours. The livery for Centro (West Midlands PTE) rolling stock shows how well this works.

From the point of view of the customer, the interior is even more important than the exterior. It must be clean, comfortable and well-appointed with fixtures and fittings that are fit for the job and in good working order. The specially designed moquette (the cloth used to upholster the seating) is called ‘Spot’. It is based on the house colours so that the interior and the exterior create a harmonious whole. The same design could be applied to PTE rolling stock, using their own colours.

When the customers are aboard the train, it is important to provide them with useful information, such as a network map. Standard frames can be fitted to each carriage and local management can control what goes in them. The frames can also be used to house emotive posters illustrating interesting places within easy reach of the rail network. This is a good way of adding visual interest to the interior.

rolling stock – exteriors

Class 142

The class 142 in
Regional Railways
livery. The dark
blue band allows
the windows
to merge into the
instead of breaking
up the otherwise
sleek and
appropriately linear


This is the
Regional Railways
style of moquette.
The spot colours
may be
customised for PTE
liveried vehicles or
modified to suit
older classes with
interior colours.

Class 158

In Scotland the
class 158 is
endorsed with the
ScotRail logotype.
In England and
Wales ‘Regional
Railways’ is used to
denote the

Class 150 in Centro livery

Centro house
colours applied to
Regional Railways
livery lines on a
class 150/1.

The livery has been
carefully tailored to
follow the
shape of each
vehicle class.

Cab end
Class 323 drawing

Artist’s impression
of the new class
323 which will
feature Centro or
Greater Manchester
PTE house colours
applied to Regional
Railways livery lines.

It will also carry the
business style of
moquette with spot
colours to
complement the
liveries and

Toilet facilities

It is essential that
the whole product
is giving a quality
message to our
customers. All
design details are

Seat backs

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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