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Colour Range: Steam Traction Archive

This range consists of authentically matched colours for Traction Engines.

The majority of the colours were matched by Master Engine Painter and Liner - Mike 'Tomo' Thompson of Signart from samples found on hard to reach places of actual engines.

It is incredibly difficult to say that any colour is the exact shade used originally but we must remember that these engines were painted in a time before standardisation existed and so the original colours would have varied to some degree from engine to engine, week to week.

We are confident that these shades represent the most accurate matches possible. We are adding to this range as and when new research makes 'new' colours available to us, if you have any useful information please feel free to share it with us!

Click on a sample to see a larger version and colour code.

Aveling & Porter

Pre 1921 Green

Post 1921 Green

Grantham Green

Deep India Red

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Crimson Lake





Canopy Green

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Wm Foster & Co

Deep Bronze Green

Deep Brunswick Green

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John Fowler

Purple Brown


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Light Green



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Leaf Green

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Ransomes Sims & Jefferies



Signal Red

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Deep India Red

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Wallis & Steevens


Advance Brown

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Lining Colours

Burrell Red

Fowler Brown

McLaren Brown

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Other Colours

Ex Mayor Blue

Ex Mayor Yellow

Pocket Yellow

Prussian Blue

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Note: These colour samples are for guidance only. The actual colours may differ due to variations between electronic displays.

Charts are available for our Standard Range, Signwriting Paint and Decorative Flat Colour only. Samples of the majority of colours are available to inspect at our Cambridge premises. Please contact us for further details.