British Railways created some of the most distinctive and widely-recognised design imagery in post-war Britain – but there was often a significant difference between the way its image was imagined by professional designers and the ways it was actually experienced by passengers and other users. Such trade-offs between design ideals and their manifestations are explored here for the first time. The narrative covers many aspects of B.R.’s activities – including shipping, property development and catering. Based on extensive original research and profusely illustrated, it provides new insights into the British railway scene and design in Britain more generally.
This book won the RCHS (The Railway & Canal Historical Society) Railway History Book of the Year award and was also judged to be this year’s overall winner – Transport History Book of the Year.
Published 10th September 2018.