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Years ago, on a footbridge over a railway line in south Surrey, a padlock locked to the footbridge’s mesh side. Seen, puzzled over (why would you attach a padlock to a footbridge?), then forgotten. Last year, on the Brooklyn Bridge over the East River between Manhattan and Brooklyn, a sign saying “NO LOCKS – FINE […]
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“Anyone who doesn’t think it’s the best looking train in the history of ever can leave by the nearest exit.” Which train prompted railway engineer, journalist and commentator Gareth Dennis to make this bold claim recently on Twitter? This one: The only drawback? It never existed. The InterCity 250 numbers among a small club of […]
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Happy New Year! Thanks to the way Boxing Day fell this year, there was no The Beauty of Transport last week. So, a week later than usual (it’s a Christmas AND New Year Special y’all!) here is a seasonal special from the wilder frontiers of transport’s impact on culture. A couple of years ago I […]
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In the dying days of British Rail, later even than the Rail Express Systems branding exercise (The Beauty of Transport 18 April 2018), Railfreight Distribution boldly adapted one the most admired visual identities unleashed on the nationalised railway. Design consultancy Roundel Design’s triple-grey visual identity for Railfreight, launched in 1987, remains a transport design classic. […]
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York station tends to get all the glory these days, but if you want the best (the original and best, in fact) big curved railway station, you’ll need to head another hour or so up the East Coast Main Line to Newcastle. I’m fascinated and puzzled by the fact that York station is so much […]
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Right across the country, local people are beautifying their railway stations. You might not notice these projects as you speed through a station on a train, especially if you have your head buried in a book or mobile phone. But if you get on or off at one such station, you’ll have appreciated the human […]
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Fed up of Brutalist transport architecture? Left cold by the exposed pipework and structural elements of High Tech? Weirded out by the angles and slopes of Deconstructivism? In that case, I have the perfect antidote. Edwin Lutyens (1869-1944) is the architect for people who like their buildings on a human scale, and pleasing to the […]
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Situated at the southern end of Brittany Ferries’ V-shaped Plymouth-Santander-Portsmouth ferry route, Santander Marine Terminal provides an interesting contrast with those at  the British ports, and there’s a lot to like about it. From the point of view of most passengers, perhaps its biggest selling point is its location in the heart of Santander. From […]
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The story of Buffalo Central Terminal is in many ways similar to that of Michigan Central Station, which we looked at last time (The Beauty of Transport 19 September 2018). Like Michigan Central, it shares a link with New York’s Grand Central. Alfred Fellheimer of architecture practice Fellheimer & Wagner, which designed Buffalo Central, worked […]
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Most of us have a pretty good idea of what railway station is, and what we expect them to be. What we generally don’t expect them to be is a skyscraper. But in America (where else?) several railroad stations combined the type of buildings typical of railway station with skyscraping office blocks or towers that […]
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