Darstaed British Railways (S) BR Green (ex SR Bulleid) Coaches
Considerable numbers of ex Bulleid mainline coaches were repainted in BR green livery. The decision to repaint all SR stock in green livery was confirmed by BR in 1956 as the only exception (other than the use chocolate and cream on certain WR named trains) to the adoption of a new standard all-maroon livery for locomotive hauled passenger stock. BR green coaches can be run with ACE BR era ‘Spam Can’, Schools, Lord Nelson and Q Class locomotives. In addition, it’s appropriate to mix and match these coaches with ex SR Maunsell blood and custard coaches and especially with Southern Region based Pullmans used regularly in prestigious boat train services up until the end of steam. Waterloo to Southampton boat trains could contain all or partial Pullman car train formations with up to four front and rear luggage vans. Depending on which liner(s) were in port a second or sometimes a third additional boat train service for each ship could be required for passengers which in the 1950s and 60s would use varying combinations of BR green ex Bulleid, ex Maunsell and Mk1 stock including BR green livery former Hastings gauge Pullman coaches that were converted for use as buffet cars. On one day in the 1950s a total of thirteen liners entered or left Southampton Docks involving nine down special trains and no fewer than eighteen up, two of which had to be diverted to Victoria to ease congestion at Waterloo!