Author Archives: Paul Rennie

Railways and Reading

From the earliest, the railway and reading went together. This was evident, in its most obvious form, in the railway bookstall. In Britain, the firm of WH Smith was launched from a bookstall, at Euston, and grew to become a … Continue reading

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The Haunted Railway…

The local page of the BBC website had a small feature on Kent’s most haunted railway stations…it wasn’t that interesting, but it got me started… If ghosts are unquiet spirits, then the railway is full of them; the railway was, … Continue reading

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Faster and Faster…the machine ensemble and accelerationsim

I’ve posted many times about the connection between speed and desire in its various forms…just google New Pamphleteer, speed, and see what comes up… The Guardian have just published a piece about the intellectual history of Accelerationsim. You can read … Continue reading

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Folkestone is an Art School • Bob + Roberta Smith • 2017

The artist Patrick Brill, called Bob and Roberta Smith, will be part of the art-in-public-space festival in Folkestone during 2017. Bob and Roberta have made a series of short films about the potential for Folkestone becoming an art school… You … Continue reading

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Andrew Martin • Jim Stringer Railway Detective • 2007

Just starting a new Jim Stringer mystery…

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“Express” • A Railway Card Game by Meccano Hornby • 1930s

Here is the box of a card game I found today…I’m not sure exactly how it works, but it looks lovely. I like the back of the cards, with the streamlined LMS engine, below and the back of the packet … Continue reading

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New Luxury Train in Japan

A new luxury rail service has been launched in Japan…you can read about it and see pictures of it, here http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-39776889

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Railway Safety Posters • Frank Newbould • British Rail • 1947

Here is the text of my NDB entry about Framk Newbould…The posters, above, are about railway platform safety. Frank Newbould was a commercial artist and poster designer who made substantial contributions to the development of British advertising art during the … Continue reading

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Ha Ha Ha…

This was on the BBC news page today, lovely.

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Railway Safety Posters • Brice Angrave • 1950s

Here are a set of small posters produced to encourage best-and-safe-practice on and around the station. These posters are by Bruce Angrave. They date from the early 1950s. Here is a link to a page about Angrave, here Bruce Angrave … Continue reading

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