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Prior to this, the Western Region tried out a range of liveries on the class— desert sand, standard locomotive green, coaching stock maroon, and golden ochre. Apart from the golden ochre livery, of which more shortly, the other three liveries were originally turned out without yellow warning panels, but eventually locomotives in these liveries received small yellow warning panels in an attempt to make them more visible to engineers working on the railway line. Maroon locos were further embellished with full yellow warning panels from September 1967 onwards, unless of course they were overhauled and given the corporate image rail blue treatment! However, the first ‘Western’ was turned out in desert sand livery, a colour that had been proposed for the Eastern Region’s ‘Deltics’ but never used. This loco was D1000, Western Enterprise, released into service in December 1961, and was unique among the ‘Westerns’ by having a cast aluminium British Railways crests under the opposite cab windows to the ones with number plates. D1000 received a small yellow warning panel in November 1962, but was eventually repainted into maroon with a small yellow warning panel almost two yearslater. While it retained its cast aluminium crests in maroon livery, these were removed when the loco was painted into standard BR blue in June 1967.

The desert sand livery sported by D1000 has been a popular subject for limited edition models like this N gauge version from Dapol exclusive to Osborns models

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