Colour photograph providing an excellent understanding of the colours to be seen on both railway structures and rolling stock. The two steel bodied mineral wagons seen behind the tender of ex-LMS 5MT 4-6-0 No 45349 carry both grey and bauxite liveries. Initially British Railways adopted an official basic goods livery of grey for unfitted stock, that is for wagons with only a hand brake, and a red-brown called 'bauxite' for fitted stock, that is for wagons fitted with a vacuum brake. British Railways adopted the vacuum brake as standard and following the 1955 Modernisation Plan, they fitted this to most new stock (other than the steel mineral wagons). The flexible brake pipe connections were red. Some wagons with only a hand brake had pipes and connectors for vacuum brakes, this allowed them to be marshalled into a train of 'fitted' stock. These 'piped' wagons were painted bauxite with white pipe connections. End doors on open wagons were indicated by a 4 inch wide diagonal stripe extending from the bottom corner of the centre door nearest the end-door end to the top corner where the end door hinged (as seen on both wagons).
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