Author Archives: Paul Rennie

New Railway Lettering • Margaret Calvert • 2020

The integrated signage systems of modern transport networks have become an increasingly important part of high-speed travel. Back in the day, Margaret Calvert and Jock Kinneir designed a typeface for motorway signage and for British Rail. Now the typeface for … Continue reading

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Railway Poster • South Manchuria Railway Company • 1930s

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Railway Poster • USA • 1950s

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Railway Poster • France/Sweden • 1946

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Railway Photograph (disaster) • Mexico • 1960s

This is by Enrique Metinides… https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2020/aug/26/mexican-weegee-enrique-metinides-photographer-mexico-nota-roja-newspapers-car-smashes-crime-scenes

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French SNCF Passenger Railway Network Typographic Map • Rudi Meyer • 1976

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Railway Publication • British Railways in Peace and War • 1944

My friend, Diana, lent me this book about BR during WW2. Lots of terrific industrial photography, and a wonderful colour centre-fold celebrating the logistical significance of the railway in wartime…

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Railway Photograph • Robert Hanks • 2020

My friend, Robert Hanks, took this photograph on the Cambridge-Newmarket line last week. Lovely.

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Graphic Representation of 19C Railway Acceleration • Sunday Times • 1970

Here is a diagram from the Sunday Times, Eureka; History of Invention from 1970. The diagram is from the entry about steam railways and shows the shrinking effect, on geography, of mechanical railway acceleration in the middle of the 19C. … Continue reading

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Music of the Rails • Freight Train Whistles in the Night

Here is a film of an American steam train winding its way through the mountains. The driver, Steve, is giving the whistle his best blast. There’s a corny voice-over at the beginning which is best to ignore… Quite apart from … Continue reading

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