|43185 at London Paddington in Intercity Swallow Livery- 11/03/2017|
When Britain's railways were privatised in 1996 the livery was prevalent on much of the countries long distance stock, however by the early 2000's it had mostly been replaced by the various new colour schemes of the private companies.
Since then the scheme has made occasional appearances on heritage locomotives both in preservation and on the main line. Notably Virgin Cross Country painted 47826 'Springburn' back into InterCity Swallow in 2002 as part of it's commemoration of the end of loco-hauled services on Cross Country. 31454 was another regular performer in the livery at this time, being re-painted by Fragonset Railways to match the Mk2 coaching stock which it was using to provide spot hire services, while 37685 was maintained in the livery by EWS.
|IC Swallow 37254 works a Network Rail infrastructure monitoring train for Colas rail through Finsbury Park - 28/02/2017|
If, like me you are a fan of this livery, you should act fast- it doesn't look like either of these trains will be around in these colours for long.