Northern re-branding – the secret’s out! ….

Posted on March 8th, 2016, by The Chairman

Arriva Rail North take on the Northern franchise from 1 April 2016, taking over from what is currently known as Northern Rail and run as a joint venture between Abellio (as subsidiary of Dutch Railways) and Serco.

We know that the branding is to change, and we think the colours are changing, too.

It is to be known as “northern” (no “rail”) from 1 April. Some of us have seen the new logo – a large lower case “n” with the word in lower case. See here.

But what of the colour scheme?

The secret’s out! ….


Spot the scarf. (It was cold). Note the blue, red and light grey. Nice.

Hair to be corporate Arriva colours, overall or with tints ….


p.s. will you be the first to let us know when you spot the (real) new corporate colours.

p.s.2. thanks, Lorna, for being such a sport to let me take your picture, and

p.s.3. which Northern station is this picture taken at? For the first person to guess correctly, there’s a free tea/coffee and a cake, or a pint at a location near a Mid Cheshire Line station of your choice.

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  1. The Chairman Says:

    This has had quite a few views today.

    No, that isn’t Boris with his Asda bags in the car park peering through the fence with Morrisons in the background.

    No more clues today …. apart from it’s not easy! 🙂

  2. The Chairman Says:

    It looks like nobody’s getting near with the location of the station.

    Thanks for the emails searching for further clues.

    The Answer? It’s Bishop Auckland – hardly surprising that no-one guessed it. I imagine few round here will have been on that line, the Bishop Line. Much of it is on the original formation of the Stockton & Darlington Railway with some very interesting old bridges. It was my first time going right to the end.

    On the way at Heighington we passed the new Hitachi train factory. A test track has been laid out on the formation alongside the Bishop Line and was in the process of being wired up for overheads.

    Further on, the line passes the National Railway Museum, Shildon, also known as “Locomotion” after the original steam loco on the Stockton & Darlington Railway, though that loco resides in the Museum in the original passenger buildings at Darlington, North Road. Both museums are well worth a visit and both close to railway stations on the Bishop Line.

    After Shildon the lines curves to the right into a tunnel away from the original S&D formation before arriving in Bishop Auckland.

  3. Brian O’Hara Says:

    Is it Northwich Station

  4. The Chairman Says:

    Sorry, Brian – “No”.

    I put it on the Blog yesterday. It’s Bishop Auckland. Hardly surprising no-one round here got it!

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