Externally, the cars were delivered in the lighter "Multiple Unit" green livery with cream lining and whiskers. In time, yellow warning panels were added and if they were repainted it would be into the darker shade of "Loco Green". In the late 60`s, all-over rail blue became the norm, with full yellow ends. Later, this became blue / grey. In later days the area around the cab windows were painted black.
Some of the longer surviving members received NSE and Regional Railways, and there have also been many colours carried by the non-passenger vehicles.
Below are examples of some of the different colours that have been carried.
A works picture.
55000 at Barassie on the 17:15 Ayr - Kilmarnock, 1/3/69. Hamish Stevenson Collection.
55011 at Kilmarock, waiting to depart with the 13:58 to Ayr, 10/6/68. Hamish Stevenson.
55007 is seen in Aberdeen Waterloo Goods Yard in 1978 while working a railtour on branches around the area. At this time it carried the set number on one end only. Mike Cooper.
SC55007 on Haymarket depot 19/11/83 carrying a 'Tayway' sticker on the cab. Hamish Stevenson.
55003 at Dovey Jct with the 10:20 Aberytswyth - Shrewsbury 12/9/85. Hamish Stevenson.
55000 at Exeter St. Davids 14/9/91. Hamish Stevenson.
55015 seen at Stirling 14/5/71. The different tone of blue between the nearest cab door and the first 'passenger' door with a droplight signifies where body panels have been altered, removing a window and creating a double door. Through the cab windows we can see mesh has been fitted to the insides of the white painted windows. Under the number is the lettering "Parcel Traffic Only". Hamish Stevenson.
55015 again. Although by this time numbered TDB977177, in this 4/11/83 view at Glasgow Queen St it seems to only carry the number '1'! Hamish Stevenson.
Seen at Aylesbury on the 25th August 2003, 55019 is now sandite car 975042, set 960015. Robert Frise
55012 in Tyne Yd. 5/6/99. Ross Aitken.