A) BRITISH RAIL BLUE (WITH SMALL YELLOW WARNING PANELS)
An interesting and rare transition-era livery, dating from the late-1960s and featuring pre-TOPs numbering on a blue locomotive. It is understood that only two locomotives gained this colour scheme.
Detail combination: Production body, Front end doors, Later exhaust, Boiler fitted, Solebar fairings, SKF axleboxes.
Running number example(s): D5021, D5026
Notes/Period: These two locomotives were amongst the large allocation belonging to the London Midland Region’s Stoke-on-trent Division which also encompassed Crewe and provided traction throughout the North West.