Decals for BR Blue Era Coaches

O Gauge Mk1 FK

These decals are for the standard British Rail livery elements used on coaches in the blue/grey era – from the mid 60s to the 80s and beyond. They also cover the early sectorisation period, from the mid-80s, where these retained the basic blue/grey livery.

These decals are intended for use on normal passenger-carrying stock, but should also be suitable for driving trailers and multiple units; a separate product is in preparation for non-passenger stock.

Each set provides decals for a single coach, customised for a specific running number and other details, and can contain:

  • Running numbers
  • Business sector markings
  • Special function markings
  • Class markings
  • Door markings
  • Depot allocation panels
  • End markings
  • Solebar markings
  • Overhead live wire warning labels

At least one spare of each different decal is also included. The overhead labels are also available as standard sheets, as are decals for window stickers..

The running numbers are implemented as complete, multi-digit decals, with the individual digits equally spaced; no more messing around getting the digits aligned and correctly spaced, and no ugly decal boundaries between adjacent digits. The end and solebar markings are also provided grouped into typical correct positions; it is then up to you whether you apply them in groups as provided, or apply them separately.

These decals can be supplied in a variety of scales, from 2mm to 16mm, come on white-backed waterslide decal paper with a background colour that has been carefully matched to the Railmatch 207 Rail Blue paint (the solebar markings have a black background matched to 205 Rail Black)

Configure Your Decals

To order these decals, please specify the information requested below to configure your set to your precise requirements, then click on "confirm specification". A second page will then appear showing the details you've entered along with the overall price and a button that will allow you to add the set to your order. You will also have the opportunity to return to this page to make changes.

Note: If you navigate away from this page before you have clicked on the "Confirm Specification" button, you will lose any information you have entered.

Basic Configuration

The basic price is £20 for each set of a specific configuration. Selecting certain options may change this, as indicated below. Where text is requested for a particular livery element (such as the special function and door labels), this should be given exactly as it is to appear on the coach, including appropriate use of upper and lower case letters.


Side Markings



End Markings

These decals cover the earlier, pre-TOPS/POIS layout of end markings; an option to cater for the later style is in preparation. There was considerable variation between coaches in their end markings, but they were generally divided into upper and lower sections, split by a step. These decals will be supplied grouped into these sections, so that they can be applied as just two decals. If the coach you are modelling had a significantly different layout, the decals are easily cut into smaller sections and applied separately.

Upper Section

Large "C1" with small "Restriction" lettering is included as standard. The "Restriction" lettering is positioned above the "C1" and was only used for the first few years of the Blue era; simply cut the "Restriction" off the decal before application if not required. Similarly, leave the "C1" off altogether if not required, for those grouping-era or other stock that survived into this period.

Lower Section

This generally consisted of one or two lines of larger lettering, giving the coach type and speed rating, positioned above several lines of much smaller lettering giving servicing details and brake and heating system types, which were often organised into a servicing "table" besides a comlumn of other information. There was also sometimes a lower line of larger lettering, sometimes instead of the upper line(s). The smallest lettering is unlikely to be legible in all but the largest scales. Please specify the contents of these areas in as much detail as possible (use spaces to align text into coloumns); if you leave sections out I'll make up something likely based on the other information you supply.


Overhead Live Wire Warnings


Solebar Markings

These decals cater for the standard solebar markings applied to Mk 1 coaches, but may also be suitable for other types. They consist of "Emergency Lighting Point" labels, with two alternative styles of arrows, two styles of brake release stars, and brake test labels (typically "BO" plus date).

Once you have selected the appropriate options above to configure your set of decals, click on "Confirm Specification" below to proceed to the next stage of the ordering process. (This will also temporarily store the information you've entered should wish to navigate away to another page.) You will then be taken to another page showing the information you've entered and giving the overall price for your decal set. You will then be able to either add the set to your order, or return to this page to change your specification.