O, Västra Götalands län

Västtrafiks present livery. This is by far the most videly used.

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Old liveries in the vicinity of Göteborg, except the city (O)

Göteborg proper (O)

Uddevalla/ Bohustrafiken (O)

Current ferries (O)

Former Älvsborg (P)

Former Skaraborg (R)

Västtrafiks different modes of transport.

This large and populous state is composed of formerly three individual entities, and the areas are still often refered to as Bohuslän (O), Älvsborg (P), and Skaraborg (R). The metropolitan area around the biggest city Göteborg, sometimes used letter Q for clarity (?) in schedules with national distribution.

A collective streak is the white figures occuring as a repeated line along both the vehicles and shelters. These represents the different modes of transportation available in the area; rail, bus and ferry.

Even an attempt to a thorough survey of all liveries used in the preceeding ten years or so will be a matter of significant complexity. To sort things out the easiest way, the current colour schemes comes in the top, followed by more historical varieties for the three respective former states.

Västtrafik trunk bus route. This is only seen in Göteborg.
Västtrafiks current for trams. This is only seen in Göteborg.
Inside of M 31 class tram.
Airportbus. Originating in Stockholm it has turned to a national colour for this function.
Inside of X 11 class commuter train. A new more spartan furnishing is taking over.
Commuter and regional trains looks like this, or similar.

Even in the new era of unity there has been some experimentation regarding the colours. The yellow express bus livery beeing one such example, though it did not last for very long. Only a small number of buses got it. The yellow seemed to stick to the trains however.

An obvious irony is that only the buses on the so called blue line express were painted yellow for a while, at the same time as increasingly more buses on other lines became blue. Before that they had the colour indicated by the name of the service. Yet again the buses are painted in blue, but not for the name of that line. It only happens to convene with Västtrafiks new colour.

Yellow express bus on the blue line...
Probably another shortlived paint experiment.

Former Göteborgs and Bohus län (O) Regional buses in the Göteborg area

Let us continue with the aforementioned express buses. These are decidedly inspired by the tram network in Göteborg, both in terms of the color coding of lines, and the structural strength it gives to the system. Originally only the three company colours of the 1980:s appeared as a blue, red and yellow line. To start with only a front patch of the colour was displayed, whilst the sides had similar stripes in the all three colours. The next generation of buses became more brave, and sported the specific line colour all over. All lines except for the yellow, that later dissapeared, and the blue that directly became yellow (see above), got this all over paint. The purple seem to be missing in my collection though.

Orange express bus.
Green express bus.
Red express bus.
Purple express bus with front patch only.

There was a mentioning of three company colours. This was from the start in 1981 only used for signs on the outside of vehicles to show that they were a part of the tarif cooperation (GL) in a dozen communities around Göteborg. This area actually comprised parts of two of the different states that later merged. One of these communities is still part of its original fourth state in this equation. Even if still beeing a part of Halland (N), both the ticket system and livery suggest that it would belong to Västra Götaland...

Anyway, apart from the express services, most buses and trains used the livery in white with the three stripes. This was repeated in shelters, schedules and all other printed material.

GL colours were used on most vehicles delivered between 1987-99. Some examples have survived to this day, though not the ones above.
GL colours are still seen on some trains.

For a brief period a few buses in silver with vivid butterflies appeared. If this was intended as an official livery, or just a special design for some areas is not known. Lerum had by far the most widespread use of these colours, with an almost uniform fleet.

GL silver with butterflies.

Before GL came about some 40 plus companies used their own colours. These were kept through most of the 80:s until the white livery with stripes became the stipulated design. For the record two earlier examples are shown below.



Other undertakings eventually used the GS design, this is Swebus.

The state capital and world class city of Göteborg will bring its own history of liveries. The city buses and trams was a separate entity until circa 1999. This can still be traced in the layout of bus services. The livery used by the city was also exclusive for that company until tendering procedures gave the opportunity for other operators to make inroads. Thus it happened that this color scheme was changed to be one for the city transit itself, rather than one for the sole company beeing responsible for this service before that.

Trams had a light blue and creme paint scheme from 1902-76, and still present until 1996, when the last example of a car painted like this was brought to a major overhaul. This was not the final word as we soon came to know, because it reappeared on trams around 2000 again. Västtrafik, the new state transit company of the merged states, intended to use the blue shown on top of the page, but this was not appreciated at all in Göteborg, that instead revived the old.

The 1902-76 livery in its final stage. The revived is not completely identical in terms of the border between the two shades.

It must also be mentioned that buses had a separate livery of dark blue above the waistline, and light blue below. Articulated buses had yet another variety with dark blue along the bottom, and two thin white stripes on each side of the light blue area. The artics colours was also similar to that of present day trams in both Tallinn, Estonia and Oslo, Norway. Which of these was first Is beyond my knowledge.

Articulated bus, that all lost their white stripes in later years. You have to imagine the short bus variety yourself.

In mars 1976 a new uniform livery was presented for all kinds of vehicles, except ferries that is (we will come back to that later). This colour scheme became my personal favourite, and also gave the colours to this website. That is why I will lend it some extra space. It is still very much in evidence, in spite of no vehicles delivered or repainted in this design since summer 1999.

Trams on the outside.
Inside of tram. Blue roof represents the sky over the sea on a july evening, red walls is for the primer used on the shipyards, and dark blue seats stands for the river. Also intended to be percieved as spaciousness, warmth and stability, respectively.
Bus. Note that the doors have a different pattern in beeing all blue, in order to facilitate recognition for entering passengers.

Some commercial all over advertising was done on a few vehicles at a time during the period between 1990-92, mostly on trams. Sheets of self-adhesive computer prints covered the outside. At least two examples must be shown for making this table reasonably complete.

This set is promoting the SJ X2 high speed trains.
Bus with an all over advertising for the evening paper GT.

Uddevalla and Bohustrafiken

The Bohustrafikens Herring Gull.

This city remained with an own identity well after the turn of the century. To be honest it is actually the state transit company that used these colours. Well, it sounds bisarre that the northern part of Göteborgs and Bohus län would be separated from the southern part, that is the Göteborg region, but this was really the case. The tickets were of the same type, but also with another print. At least interchangeable.

Uddevalla omnibus with blue waves and a seagull.

The trains operating the coastal railway on behalf of the state transit company in Bohuslän kept their original livery until the end. The name paprika trains was given because of the daring colour. Swedish passenger cars before these were painted in brown to mimic the wooden coaches of the old days.

X 9 class EMU in original livery.
X 9 drivers compartment.

Former Älvsborgs län (P)

Älvsborgs län, main colours.

A statewide version had some variations. The artery along Viskadalen had a strikingly different identity. This was however discontinued when the old X9 electric multiple units were retired. The already used SJ trains brought from other places still retain the national railway colours.

Viskadalen old trains waiting for the scrapman.
Viskadalen buses. This livery is also gone.

City buses in e.g. Trollhättan and Borås also had their own colours before the national state transit reform implemented around 1981. The latter citys paint scheme lingered on for rather a while, and the last examples was still visible in the middle of the 90:s.

Borås as the buses appeared in the 1980:s and 90:s.

Former Skaraborgs län (R)

90214 on this occasion parked at a residential street in Lidköping 1999.
Skaraborgs län.

Skaraborgs colours were rather homogenous to both buses and trains. While all buses are since either replaced or painted anew, the commuter trains of Skövde still carry it. I consider the trains to a good extent beeing part of the Skövde region, because of the colour. They do otherwise have a presence as much in Jönköpings län (F), and dito city suburbs. This corridor also have a role to play in the national railway grid.

Vättertåg is the last display of Skaraborgs colours.


This presentation is not in any way complete. Most ferries are white anyway. The companies below are among the biggest operations. There are numerous others, often with just one ship available.

Styrsöbolaget is connecting the southern islands in Göteborg.
Styrsöbolaget harbour ferry in Göteborg.
Interior of the sister to the ferry above.
Koster ferry, situated outside Strömstad, just south of Norway.
The road departments ferrys look this way all across the nation.

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