British Rail Designed 1948-97

Lawrence, David (2016) British Rail Designed 1948-97. London, U.K. : Ian Allan Publishing. 272p. ISBN 9780711038370

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British Rail Designed 1948-97 is about the design successes, and failures, of Britain's most extensive state-sponsored industry. It is a story of people and ideas, movement and design, speed and colour. It is a comprehensive study of the crafting, operation and marketing of a national transport system, by which four steam-powered empires were transformed into a modern enterprise. Moving railway aesthetics from the consequences of engineering decisions, to an expression of the purpose and culture of a nation, British railway design has led world design trends. It has produced an extraordinary legacy of two- and three- dimensional design icons, and is evident today in good, clear communication and product design, from the international Eurostar network to contemporary revivals of letter forms conceived in the early 1960s. With railways once again topical, as Crossrail, Crossrail 2 the HS2 network and other projects serve to develop and regenerate regions, it is timely to recognise the considerable achievement of British Rail design.

Item Type: Book
Physical Location: This item is held in stock at Kingston University Library.
Research Area: Architecture and the built environment
Art and design
History of art, architecture and design
Mechanical, aeronautical and manufacturing engineering
Town and country planning
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture (until 2017) > Modern Interiors Research Centre (MIRC)
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Depositing User: David Lawrence
Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2017 16:03
Last Modified: 10 Jan 2017 16:03

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