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Mica A in BR livery
« on: May 20, 2018, 04:33:06 PM »
I have a NGS kit for a Mica A on to go but am getting  little confused about livery and lettering especially for the BR era. the instrustions only state -

'Those that passed into British Railways ownership at nationalisation initially received light stone livery, then white, pale blue and finally bauxite. '

So I am thinking that as an insulated van it would be white still in use for meat or into bauxite if general traffic but anyone seen/got piccies of them or info about what lettering and where?

I have drawn a blank so far a all the info I can find confirms the GW liveries rather than in BR days.

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Simon

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Re: Mica A in BR livery
« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2018, 07:38:48 PM »
I had a real problem when this question came up on the NGS helpline too.

Light stone is actually early bauxite livery so is a pre-1956 livery.

After 1956, as far as I can make out, when BR ran them they were white until BR changed their colour to ice blue in the early 1960s.

(Triang were always up to speed on liveries even if their models were not accurate, and they changed their InsulFish van to ice blue in 1966)

I cant imagine a MICA would have hung around to be declassified and used in bauxite, to be honest.


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Bob





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Re: Mica A in BR livery
« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2018, 09:21:28 PM »
I have a feeling some ended up as TEVANs carrying I believe biscuits from Bristol to London, think they had the steps and handrails removed, the ice boxes were sealed up, livery was probably bauxite.

Perhaps someone has greater knowledge ?

Martin

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Re: Mica A in BR livery
« Reply #3 on: May 20, 2018, 11:05:04 PM »
Light stone refers to a former SR colour which is a light cream in appearance and thus quite different to early BR bauxite. In B/W photos it would be hard to distinguish from a dirty white.

There's a lengthy discourse here on Mica liveries:

http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/11554-ex-gwr-mica-meat-vans/



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Re: Mica A in BR livery
« Reply #4 on: May 21, 2018, 12:26:28 AM »
thanks to you all so far, ok livery sorted, white it is. Now I need to sort out what lettering and where.

Obviously, white livery will have black lettering

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This is how the Hornby Dublo one was lettered, looks acceptably correct guys?

Best wishes
Simon

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Re: Mica A in BR livery
« Reply #5 on: May 21, 2018, 07:28:42 AM »
Light stone refers to a former SR colour which is a light cream in appearance and thus quite different to early BR bauxite. In B/W photos it would be hard to distinguish from a dirty white.

Ah yes, I remember now. Apologies for that.
Bob

 

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