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GSWR loco lined green livery (pre-1895)

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This is a photograph of a model locomotive made by apprentices in Inchicore in the 1880s. It is on display in the Institute of Mechanical Engineers in London and may be viewed by prior appointment. The model stands about a metre high.

 

The livery is the correct pre-1895 lined green, as displayed nowadays on No. 90 in Downpatrick. I would make one qualification: due to a misleading instruction of mine, the running board is lined brown on 90 but as you can see it should be lined maroon. Mea Culpa....

 

The only missing detail is the numberplate, as this model doesn't have one. If it did, the background would be black, with polished numerals. The GSWR painted numberplate backgrounds black until about 1895, thereafter they were red for a short period, and grey from the mid-1910s to the end of steam, matching the all-grey body. Contrary to some sources, plates were never black against a grey-painted background.

 

The paintwork on this model was done in Inchicore's paint shop.

 

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