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Passenger Stock Liveries
White with a blue stripe was the standard livery for all refurbished DMUs around the turn of the 70s/80s starting in 1974. Certainly all the DMUs in the north-east which went through the refurbishment programme around that time initially came out in white w/blue stripe (up until then they'd been overall blue). However, the colour scheme didn't weather well and by the early 80s (certainly before 1982-3) they were being repainted in blue/grey.The first generation DPUs were delivered in the standard BR lined green livery with Parcels Service in white toward the bottom of the side. When the yellow panels appeared in the early 1960s units with an end gangway had the gangway cover painted yellow, I believe the lower front remained green. In the late 1960s the livery changed to blue with the white double arrow logo under each cab door and Parcels Service in white toward the bottom of the side. In 1987 BR closed down its own door-to-door parcels service but these units continued in service for Royal Mail traffic. Some had a red stripe about ten inches deep with a white line above and below added along the sides between the doors in the later 1980s (I believe this started in 1986). In 1989 these vehicles became part of BR Parcels Sector and a red livery was adopted, in 1990 yellow lining was added to this livery (see DMU section Class 128). These first generation DPUs remained in service on Post Office traffic until 1990 (in 1995 Class 325 multi-voltage DPUs appeared but these were purpose built for the job).