Post by norbitonflyer on Sept 6, 2017 17:23:03 GMT
The Bluebell Railway and the NRM both have examples of LSWR carriages in a livery of salmon pink above, and dark brown below. However I believe the LSWR electric units were green from the outset.
SWT's first livery was a variation on the Network South East colours, with an extra orange stripe. This was applied to all inherited stock, and slam door stock kept it until withdrawal. The first units in the new scheme were the 458s, which were white (although their outer suburban use would mean they would be anomalous when the three liveries were normalised)
It was to guide staff as to how to treat the contents: White - clients to be cossetted Blue - customers to be humoured Red - cash cows to be herded
Never noticed the cosseting on the white ones
Everything's relative, of course - but I noticed on the "Tweet the manager" sessions, that the longer distance travellers got replies like "we're already looking at improving the speed of your wifi" whilst the suburbanites tended to address more fundamental issues like cancelled trains, and were more likely to get the "shut up and put up" treatment.
Nothing I have seen since SWR took over suggests that anything has really changed - up to and including dumping a trainload of passengers two stops short of the main line this morning.