The 1980s and 1990s were exciting times for British Rail. For many years
British Rail had been structured into regions and the livery for rolling stock
consisted of blue and grey or just plain blue. Now, however, the railways of
Britain were entering a new chapter of sectorisation, restructuring and
divisions. We were introduced to exciting new bold liveries like Network
SouthEast’s red, white, grey and blue, and InterCity’s two-tone grey, red and
white – complete with stylish Silver Swallow logo. The freight companies also
introduced new liveries; mostly a two-tone grey with logo to denote which
sub-sector owned it and RES (Rail Express Systems) later introduced a
striking red livery with blue and grey flashes.
New rolling stock, locomotives, coaches, DMUs and EMUs all entered service
across the country, finished in the new liveries of the recently formed sectors.
Other rolling stock moved on across the network and over time received new
liveries for their new work. In this book, the second of two, Kenny Barclay
shares some of his collection of photographs of electric locomotives,
coaching stock, DEMUs and EMUs taken at various locations across the
country during the 1980s and 1990s.
Being an employee of British Rail at this time, Kenny Barclay had regular
access to a number of depots and railway works where many of his
photographs were taken. This book, a companion to British Rail in the 1980s
and 1990s: Diesel Locomotives and DMUs, exhibits a selection of some of
his finest photographs from this period.