Nexus has unveiled a special train livery to mark the 40th anniversary of the Tyne and Wear Metro.
Metro car 4001, one of the original prototypes that has been in use since the Metro opened in 1980, will wear the livery throughout the summer, ahead of the 40th Anniversary on Tuesday 11th August 2020.
The carriage will be decked out with exhibitions throughout the year, celebrating the heritage and the future arrival of new trains.
The anniversary design for the train features new versions of each of Metro’s liveries since it opened 40 years ago – the original Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Executive of white and yellow and also the bold blocks of red and blue introduced in the 1990s, and the current sleek black and grey colour scheme.
Metro Operations Director, Chris Carson, said: “This new heritage livery captures our iconic colour schemes from down the years as we countdown to Metro’s 40th anniversary in August.
“Metro is at the heart of the communities that it serves, and it has been part of everyday life in our region for four decades, so this is a great way of celebrating its proud heritage and sharing that with our customers.
“The design fuses together that iconic yellow and white PTE livery we started with in the 1980s along with the equally as memorable red and blue design that was brought in during the mid-1990s when the trains were first refurbished.
“They are all distinctive liveries and will doubtless bring back many memories for people who have travelled on the Tyne and Wear Metro over the years, and many who still do so.
“We were determined to have this heritage train in service because some of the other events that we had planned to mark the 40th year of Metro have had to be postponed due to the pandemic.”
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