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Thursday, October 21, 2021

UK trains no longer required to have yellow front ends

A change in standards means that trains in the UK are no longer required to have yellow front ends.

With electric and diesel trains beginning to overtake steam, the yellow nose was introduced in the 1950s to make trains more visible, said RSSB.

But new, brighter headlights mean yellow front panels will no longer be a requirement for new trains.

RSSB said in a statement: “Companies are now able to make their own informed choice about their trains’ front end colour, as long as the right risk assessment is done and all affected parties are involved.”



  1. Technology is changing that why brand new trains may not need to have yellow front ends except Gat Ex Class 387/2’s and GWR Class 387/3’s that will have yellow front ends as they are currently being manufactured by Bombardier at Bombardier Derby Facility.


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