Offering for sale a brand new and boxed example of a Hornby Model Railways BR (Ex-LNER Gresley) Buffet Car E 9131 E model reference number R4668.
British Rail’s new corporate image liveries were developed in the mid-1960’s. The familiar rail blue locomotives with blue and grey passenger coach livery, along with the InterCity express train marketing brand, became the standard livery from 1967. In the mid-1980’s brightly coloured sector liveries began to appear, with principal expresses gaining a distinctive InterCity livery, while Network South East formed a coherent image for the commuter belt.
A number of the Gresley buffet cars remained in service in the 1970s, receiving the BR corporate blue and grey passenger livery. These cars were mostly deployed on secondary duties and on extra trains. One even served the crews of the early HST prototype test trains in 1973, surviving to be preserved.