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Background imagePublicity Collection: Poster for Cheltenham Races, 1936

Poster for Cheltenham Races, 1936
Advertising Poster for Cheltenham Races, 1936. This poster shows the way that the Publicity Department used events such as race meetings to encourage the public to travel by train

Background imagePublicity Collection: Guernsey & Jersey via Weymouth poster, about 1891

Guernsey & Jersey via Weymouth poster, about 1891
In 1889 the GWR began operating a steamship service to the Channel Islands. This poster shows the GWRs TSS Ibex, leaving harbour at Guernsey on its route across the Channel

Background imagePublicity Collection: The Rows, Chester, c1890s

The Rows, Chester, c1890s
This image comes from a Photochrom carriage print used by the Great Western Railway in the late 1800s. The Rows are continuous half-timbered galleries

Background imagePublicity Collection: Eastgate Street, Chester, c1890s

Eastgate Street, Chester, c1890s
This image comes from a Photochrom carriage print used by the Great Western Railway in the late 1800s. The picture shows a view of the historic timber-frame buildings in the centre of Chester

Background imagePublicity Collection: GWR Buffet Car, c1930s

GWR Buffet Car, c1930s

Background imagePublicity Collection: GWR Publicity Poster, London, 1946

GWR Publicity Poster, London, 1946
The poster was produced by the GWR just after the Second World War. It was designed by Frank Henry Mason. The huge dome of St Pauls Cathedral dominates the skyline

Background imagePublicity Collection: GWR Buffet Car, c1938

GWR Buffet Car, c1938

Background imagePublicity Collection: Swindon Mechanics Institute Pantomime poster, February 1860

Swindon Mechanics Institute Pantomime poster, February 1860
This pantomime poster is an early example of the type of performances that took place at the GWRs Mechanics Institute in Swindon

Background imagePublicity Collection: Holiday Haunts guide book, 1947

Holiday Haunts guide book, 1947
A 1947 edition of the popular Holiday Haunts guide books published by the GWR. A glamorous blonde poses in a white two-part swimming costume in front of a lively beach scene

Background imagePublicity Collection: Buffet Car from the 1930s

Buffet Car from the 1930s

Background imagePublicity Collection: The River Thames at Whitchurch, near Pangbourne, c1890

The River Thames at Whitchurch, near Pangbourne, c1890
A view taken across the Mill Pond from the toll bridge in Whitchurch on Thames. Red brick cottages sit on the waters edge, next to the old mill, just out of shot to the left

Background imagePublicity Collection: The Cheltenham Flyer book, 1934

The Cheltenham Flyer book, 1934
The Cheltenham Flyer book aimed at the male railway enthusiast, published in 1934

Background imagePublicity Collection: Interior view of Camp Coach showing a close up view of dining room, 1935

Interior view of Camp Coach showing a close up view of dining room, 1935

Background imagePublicity Collection: Reading Station, c1910

Reading Station, c1910
Colour postcard showing the 1860 building with clock tower. The statue of King Edward VII an be seen in the forground

Background imagePublicity Collection: GWR First Class Sleeper Car, 1946

GWR First Class Sleeper Car, 1946
A female passenger is having her morning tea delivered to her in one of the GWRs first class sleeping car compartments. The attentant delivering the tea stayed in the carriage

Background imagePublicity Collection: The Golden Sands of Wales, 1924

The Golden Sands of Wales, 1924
This illustration of The Golden Sands of Wales comes from a souvenir booklet produced by the GWR to coincide with the 1924 British Empire Exhibition

Background imagePublicity Collection: British Railways Fuel Economy Poster

British Railways Fuel Economy Poster
British Railways was keen to publicise the fact that its drive for modernisation was in the interests of fuel economy and saving money

Background imagePublicity Collection: GWR Publication, Through the Window, 1927

GWR Publication, Through the Window, 1927
The GWR tourist guide, Through the Window, was first published in 1924. The guide was a travel companion for passengers on trains between London Paddington and Penzance, Birkenhead and Killarny

Background imagePublicity Collection: GWR Publicity Guide - Rambles in the Wye Valley

GWR Publicity Guide - Rambles in the Wye Valley
This guide was published by the GWR in 1938. It promoted rambling and walking in areas accessible by train on their network

Background imagePublicity Collection: GWR Publicity Guide - Camping and Rambling Holidays

GWR Publicity Guide - Camping and Rambling Holidays
This guide was published by the GWR in 1937. It promoted camping and rambling holidays in areas accessible by train on their network. Similar guides to this one were produced throughout the 1930s

Background imagePublicity Collection: GWR Publicity Guide - Rambles in Shakespeare Land and the Cotswolds

GWR Publicity Guide - Rambles in Shakespeare Land and the Cotswolds
This guide was published by the GWR in 1938. It promoted rambling and walking in areas accessible by train on their network

Background imagePublicity Collection: Christmas card sent by Swindon Works Accounts Staff, 1918

Christmas card sent by Swindon Works Accounts Staff, 1918
Christmas card dated 1918. The figure of Britannia features prominently on the front of the card in reference to Allied success in the war

Background imagePublicity Collection: Christmas card dating from 1953

Christmas card dating from 1953
This cartoon card was issued by the Ealing Film Studios in 1953. The sender of the card worked on the comedy railway film The Titfield Thunderbolt and sent it to an employee of the GWR

Background imagePublicity Collection: Christmas card sent by Swindon Works General Stores, 1950

Christmas card sent by Swindon Works General Stores, 1950
The illustration on this jolly card shows essential equipment being handed out to station staff from a travelling stores van

Background imagePublicity Collection: Christmas card celebrating the record run of the Cheltenham Flyer, 1932

Christmas card celebrating the record run of the Cheltenham Flyer, 1932
This card, sent for Christmas 1932, celebrates the Worlds Fastest Train. On 12th September 1932 a GWR train hauled by locomotive Montgomery Castle broke the speed record

Background imagePublicity Collection: Christmas card from Newport Superintendents Office, 1937

Christmas card from Newport Superintendents Office, 1937
The GWRs Superintendents Office in Newport was the sender of this card in celebration of Christmas 1937 and the New Year of 1938

Background imagePublicity Collection: GWR Publicity Guide, The Golden West of England

GWR Publicity Guide, The Golden West of England
This publicity guide was published by the GWR in April 1930. It was written by Maxwell Fraser, a prolific travel author. The book features Somerset, Devon and Cornwall as holiday destinations

Background imagePublicity Collection: Signal Lamps Catalogue

Signal Lamps Catalogue
This image was taken from the front cover of a Signal Lamps catalogue and shows the silhouettes of a train, signal gantry and a lamp

Background imagePublicity Collection: Swindon Works Locomotive Workshops Scene

Swindon Works Locomotive Workshops Scene
A drawing of a locomotive in the Swindon Works used on the front cover of a booklet describing the works

Background imagePublicity Collection: St Michael's Mount, Penzance, 1924

St Michael's Mount, Penzance, 1924
This illustration of St Michael's Mount, Penzance comes from a souvenir booklet produced by the GWR to coincide with the 1924 British Empire Exhibition

Background imagePublicity Collection: The Picturesque West Country, 1924

The Picturesque West Country, 1924
This illustration of The Picturesque West Country comes from a souvenir booklet produced by the GWR to coincide with the 1924 British Empire Exhibition

Background imagePublicity Collection: A Typical Cornish Fishing Town, 1924

A Typical Cornish Fishing Town, 1924
This illustration of A Typical Cornish Fishing Town comes from a souvenir booklet produced by the GWR to coincide with the 1924 British Empire Exhibition

Background imagePublicity Collection: HST Intercity 125 Design, c. 1980s

HST Intercity 125 Design, c. 1980s
An image of a HST Intercity 125 used by British Rail for a publicity Christmas card, c.1980s. The HST is shown coming towards us, with the train in perspective

Background imagePublicity Collection: Winter in the West publicity guide, 1933

Winter in the West publicity guide, 1933
This publicity brochure was produced by the GWR in 1933. It was designed by Leonard Cusden and used to promote winter holiday destinations

Background imagePublicity Collection: Damaged railway lamps, 1942

Damaged railway lamps, 1942
These rather forlorn looking lamps appeared in an article from the April 1942 edition of the GWR Magazine. The article looks at the daily toll of damaged and lost locomotive equipment

Background imagePublicity Collection: Front cover of the book Camping and Hiking Holidays, 1933

Front cover of the book Camping and Hiking Holidays, 1933
The front cover of a GWR book promoting camping and hiking holidays at destinations across the network. Published in 1933

Background imagePublicity Collection: GWR jigsaw puzzle of A Cornish Fishing Village, 1930

GWR jigsaw puzzle of A Cornish Fishing Village, 1930
GWR jigsaw puzzle of A Cornish Fishing Village, produced in 1930

Background imagePublicity Collection: The first issue of the Great Western Magazine and Temperance Union Record, 1888

The first issue of the Great Western Magazine and Temperance Union Record, 1888
The first issue of the Great Western Magazine and Temperance Union Record, published in November 1888

Background imagePublicity Collection: Motoring from Manor House Hotel, 1947

Motoring from Manor House Hotel, 1947
A booklet describing places to visit near to the GWRs Manor House Hotel in Devon, 1947

Background imagePublicity Collection: Holiday Haunts Artwork, 1935

Holiday Haunts Artwork, 1935. This original hand-drawn and painted artwork is for a Holiday Haunts advertising leaflet. The bold, graphic design is believed to the work of poster artist Verney L

Background imagePublicity Collection: Holiday Haunts guide book, 1906

Holiday Haunts guide book, 1906
Holiday Haunts guide book from 1906

Background imagePublicity Collection: Great Western Railway Excursion Handbill, 1909

Great Western Railway Excursion Handbill, 1909
Advertising Easter Tuesday Excursion to London Paddington on April 13th 1909. Lists details of football match at Park Royal between QPR and Reading

Background imagePublicity Collection: BR First Class Carriage, c1960s

BR First Class Carriage, c1960s
Comfort in the era of diesel

Background imagePublicity Collection: Guide book for The Cornish Riviera, 1914

Guide book for The Cornish Riviera, 1914

Background imagePublicity Collection: Metal sign advertising sign for St Michaels Mount, 1908

Metal sign advertising sign for St Michaels Mount, 1908
Metal Advertising Sign, 1908 As part of its campaign to promote travel to the West County, GWR produced this sign which compares the beauty of St Michaels Mount in Cornwall to that of Mont St Michel

Background imagePublicity Collection: GWR advertising leaflet, 1884

GWR advertising leaflet, 1884
A very early flyer advertising trips to the Lakes of Killarney. Produced by the GWR in 1884, 2 years before the company set up its first Advertising Department in 1884

Background imagePublicity Collection: Seaside Farmhouses, Country Lodgings, Boarding Houses and Hotels, 1900

Seaside Farmhouses, Country Lodgings, Boarding Houses and Hotels, 1900
Front cover of the GWR advertising book Seaside Farmhouses, Country Lodgings, Boarding Houses and Hotels, published in 1900

Background imagePublicity Collection: Interior of Camp Coach showing dining room, 1935

Interior of Camp Coach showing dining room, 1935



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