Snow Hill Express

New Street Express

In the past rail travel posters used painted images to convey the glamour or the grit of the railway at work. Everything from the Cornish Riviera Express to the Condor Night Freight were depicted to advertise services and attract customers. I thought I’d give one of my photographs the painted look – Who knows… Perhaps Chiltern Railways might like to use it as a poster 😉 On a Bank Holiday Monday the 1G48 – 17:06 Service from London Marylebone to Birmingham Snow Hill – flies through Northolt Park. Terence Cuneo, whose work was used on railway posters, had a mouse in his later paintings – my mouse can be seen on the left with his hands over his ears!

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  1. an amusing whimsy…made me smile! thanks for sharing :))

  2. Aaah, Northolt Park was a station I often used to go to as a boy. Lots of my junior school friends lived near there and we used to watch the trains go past in the late afternoon after school. There were never all that many, the line was not used a great deal and they were even considering tarmacing it over and turning it into a bus and coach expressway at one point. What a good thing they didn’t.

    I thought they only ran DMUs on that line, and they went to to Snow Hill not New Street. Was this a bank holiday special or a diversionary route, perhaps?

  3. I am in awe of your conversation with @dannyrobinson1962 and what a delight name is the Snow Hill Express. I love your idea of the poster!

    • Thanks Patti 🙂 Danny and I are fellow contributors to the Geograph project so I’m not in the least surprised that he spotted my error 😉

  4. This photo reminds me of the train station in the western suburbs of Brisbane where I would catch the train to work.

  5. What a delightful idea! The colors made me think more of India than of Great Britain. But why not color Great Britain bright?
    (Love your mouse.)

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