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Take Me by The Flying Scotsman, LNER poster, 1932

Take Me by The Flying Scotsman, LNER poster, 1932


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Take Me by The Flying Scotsman, LNER poster, 1932

This 1932 poster depicts the London & North Eastern Railway (LNER) and the Flying Scotsman as the embodiment of speed and modernity, whilst having a sly dig at the Southern Railways Little Boy poster. For all its stylish accomplishment, this poster was not well received by the travelling public, and therefore not re-issued in 1933

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Take Me: The Flying Scotsman and the LNER's Vision of Modernity, 1932 This iconic 1932 poster, titled "Take Me," showcases the London & North Eastern Railway (LNER) and its flagship train, the Flying Scotsman, as the epitome of speed and innovation. The image of the sleek, silver steam locomotive, with its powerful curves and streamlined design, is juxtaposed against a backdrop of a bustling railway station and a cityscape, symbolizing the connection between modern transportation and urban life. The Flying Scotsman, named for the daily express train service connecting Edinburgh and London, was a marvel of engineering and a testament to the LNER's commitment to progress. The poster's tagline, "I'll take you to London," invites passengers to experience the thrill of travel on this legendary train. However, beneath the surface of this stylish and accomplished design, there lies a subtle dig at the Southern Railways and their "Little Boy" poster. The Flying Scotsman poster's use of bold, dynamic lines and a modern, streamlined aesthetic was intended to highlight the LNER's superiority in railway technology and design. Despite its artistic merit, the "Take Me" poster was not well received by the travelling public. Its unconventional approach and lack of clear information about the train's schedule and destinations may have contributed to its failure to resonate with passengers. As a result, it was not re-issued in 1933. This piece of railway history, now part of the National Railway Museum's Pictorial Collection, offers a glimpse into the past and the ongoing competition between railway companies to attract passengers with innovative designs and modern technology.

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