This from the RMT, in scraping the barrel mode...
RAIL UNION RMT warned today that the continuing franchise chaos on the West Coast main line could force the Government to run trains over the busy Christmas and New Year period blown over in grey primer with no livery as they continue to drag their heels over the renationalisation of the service under East Coast operator, Directly Operated Railways
Forgive me if I don't get excited.
UPDATE: This from a Mr Tony Miles...
Indeed - scraping the barrel - because obviously state owned East Coast repainted all their trains the day they took over from NXEC, didn't they? Well actually no they didn't as some are still in GNER livery…
Franchise handover rules just require the departing operator to remove their logos from trains.
Remember how long it took Arriva CrossCountry to remove the Virgin colours from the Voyagers when they took over?
Perhaps Bob should have gone to Specsavers?
like letting them run around with their whites un-washed.
Might I suggest the addition of some discreet steel bands to steel grey
as the new DOR livery, in conjunction with a suitably tapered front end.
Well it worked for me.