Webpage created: June 06, 2017.
Webpage updated: June 06, 2017
As from Thursday January 1st 1948 the railways of Great Britain were nationalized under the British Transport Commission and the Railway Executive, trading as, and much better known as, British Railways.
The lines of the former Great Western Railway Company became the Western Region and those of the former Southern Railway Company became the Southern Region. The Laira Engine Shed and Friary Engine Shed were also taken over.
Both Regions adopted their original colour schemes as their "corporate colours" for their carriages: chocolate brown for the Western Region and malachite green for the Southern. A new series of station name boards in a lozenge shape, each with its Regions colours, were produced to adorn stations. Carriages remained green on the Southern Region, although a darker shade was later adopted, but changed completely on the Western over the years from chocolate and cream to British Railways corporate colour of plain maroon.
However, on and from Sunday April 2nd 1950 all the Southern Region's lines west of Exeter were passed over to the Western Region but the management and control of them remained with the staff at Exeter Queen Street Station and at Exmouth Junction Motive Power depot. The lines in the Plymouth area remained with the Western Region when the other Southern lines west of Exeter were handed back to the Southern Region on Saturday February 1st 1958, prior to closing them all down.
For more information about the British Railways' Southern Region main line through Old Plymouth in 1955 CLICK HERE; and for more information about the British Railways' Western Region main line through Old Plymouth in 1955 CLICK HERE.