Author Archives: Paul Rennie

All the Stations • 2017

The BBC website has a story about Geoff and Vicky, who are visiting every railway station in Britain. There’s a little film, here http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-40341771    

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Empty Tracks • USA

The BBC website is showing a slideshow of john Sanderson’s photographs of empty rail tracks…strangely unsettling. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-40341771  

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Railway Loco Badges

Here are three lovely enamelled loco badges…

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Doctor Who • Pyramids • Railways

Here is a screengrab from the trailer for the new Doctor Who adventure…it has a steam loco, on a bridge, heading for a pyramid… We love Doctor Who…the present Doctor, a slightly manic Peter Capaldi as Univeristy professor, is terrific … Continue reading

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Modern Railway Posters

Here, apparently, is a poster published by SouthEastern Trains, the company that runs the High Speed railway service between Folkestone and London. It was reported in the local news section of the BBC website, and fed from the Kentonline newsfeed…I’m  … Continue reading

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Railway People c1900

I have just discovered the wonderful world of old railway photographs…and the people in them. These guys look just like the characters in the Andrew Martin books I’ve posted about just recently.

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Railway Trades Union Banner

Lovely…

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Railway Trades Union Banner

I love these banners…with their simple and sophisticated mixture of image and text, classicism and sign-writing…lots of layers there. I’ve got a John Gorham book about trades union banners…I’ll check it out.

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Railway Pub Sign

Here is a pub sign from Folkestone…I think I’ll start keeping a record of railway themed pub signs when I see them…I’ve always loved pub signs for their obvious combination of image and text, and for the heraldic and sign-paintedqualities … Continue reading

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Food and the Railway

I’ve posted before about the pleasures of restaurants and trains…imagine if you could get a proper meal on an actual train…it would be perfect. Here’s a picture of the panoramic dining on a US Pullman restaurant… Sadly, this doesn’t seem … Continue reading

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