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I recently received the free Oxford Die-cast Ford Anglia British Railways Van (it was advertised in BRM a couple of months ago).

It has an "F" registration which as I recall was1968. It is Maroon and Cream and has the British Railways logo. Surely a 1968 vehicle would have had the British Rail logo and perhaps have been yellow? The same situation applies to the new Hornby Morris 1000 British Railways Van which also has an "F" registration and is also Maroon and Cream.

I personally don't have a problem with this as the van will still be in the goods yard on my late 50's early 60's railway.
 

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AFAIK British Rail started to change their road vehicles to yellow about the time that British Telecom (& many local authorities) to yellow (for safety & higher visibility) in the early 70's.

No doubt BRITHO will be along shortly to correct me !
 

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QUOTE (dbclass50 @ 28 Feb 2008, 07:21) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>AFAIK British Rail started to change their road vehicles to yellow about the time that British Telecom (& many local authorities) to yellow (for safety & higher visibility) in the early 70's.

No doubt BRITHO will be along shortly to correct me !

The yellow came in around the same time as the Freight arrow (c.1963). The double arrow in red with black 'British Rail' in Rail alphabet was used from 1965 (C reg.)
I think Post Office telephones switched from dark green to yellow in the early '70s before changing their name to Post Office Telecommunications in the mid-70s. British Telecom was the privatised name from the early 80s.
 

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QUOTE (Peter Armond @ 27 Feb 2008, 21:53) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>It has an "F" registration which as I recall was1968. It is Maroon and Cream and has the British Railways logo. Surely a 1968 vehicle would have had the British Rail logo and perhaps have been yellow?

F was for the period 01/08/67 to 31/07/68, carrying that registration it would have been a very late registered Anglia as production of the van stopped around that time to be replaced by the Escort.

QUOTE (dbclass50 @ 28 Feb 2008, 07:21) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>AFAIK British Rail started to change their road vehicles to yellow about the time that British Telecom (& many local authorities) to yellow (for safety & higher visibility) in the early 70's.

No doubt BRITHO will be along shortly to correct me !

As far as I am aware yellow came in with the Scarab replacement (Townsman? and how many of those have survived?) The Townsman came out in '65 I think.

QUOTE (bernardTPM @ 2 Mar 2008, 23:07) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>The yellow came in around the same time as the Freight arrow (c.1963). The double arrow in red with black 'British Rail' in Rail alphabet was used from 1965 (C reg.)
I think Post Office telephones switched from dark green to yellow in the early '70s before changing their name to Post Office Telecommunications in the mid-70s. British Telecom was the privatised name from the early 80s.

I would generally agree with that.

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I did some research last night, it seems that the yellow was in use at least by 1961. (well that's the earliest reference for which I could find in a picture)

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