Delivered in lined DMU green with no speed whiskers, these were soon added. When new all the vehicles except the first set (50001/56001) had white cab roof domes.
They were the first vehicles to have the route indicators, and when delivered this two-character system was not in use, so the were wound to the white part of the blind. This caused a few rumours as to a new kind of warning panel!
In the early '60s whiskers gave way to yellow panels, and in the late '60s the whole end became yellow when corporate rail blue livery was introduced. Refurbishment saw them in off-white with blue stripe, this being replaced by blue / grey.
The first image shows corporate blue livery but an early version with a small yellow panel rather than a full yellow end. This is 50001 (identifiable by the break in the gutter for the destination indicator) at Frisby. Steve Davis / John Vaughan Collection.
They also carried the other short lived early blue variation which had a full yellow end and also yellow cab doors. A sample picture can be found in the book BR in Colour 1968-1980 by John Glover (page 73).
Jon Stubley has a clear memory of a set in appearing for a few weeks in blue/grey livery around 1967 which he saw more than once. Could this be linked to the set in the Paytrain handbill?
The second image shows a refurbished set with 56033 closest. Now with two lower marker lights.
The blue / grey image is a set stabled at Tyseley, T023 comprised 54006 & 53036 when seen on the 27th January 1990 Hamish Stevenson.
Occasionaly red bufferbeams could be seen in the blue/grey era.
A variation in blue/grey is seen in the next image, with set T231 formed of 56006 (visible) and 53036 which both carried the WM logo on the cab. Both also had visible plates over the top marker light Malcolm Clements.
The next images shows a blue/grey set carrying the South Yorkshire Transport logo.
One set (53045/54004) was painted into SYPTE's coffee and cream colours in 1984, and pictured on the left at Rotherham that year. Eastwestdivide. The mid-body panel celebrating "10th Anniversary of South Yorkshire Transport 1974 - 1984" was later removed (presumably in 1985 when the 10th anniversary was over) with the vehicles keeping their distinctive colours.
Description: Cab Design
Description: Power Train
Diagrams & Works Photos
Details about preserved Class 114s can be found here.