British Railways poster. Inter-City Sleepers. Overground by Night, 1974

BR poster. Inter-City Sleepers. Overground by Night, 1974

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BR poster. Inter-City Sleepers. Overground by Night, 1974
© The Board of Trustees of The Science Museum, London
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Poster, British Rail, Inter-City Sleepers, Overground by Night, 1974. Offset lithograph in colours depicting a schematic map of main line rail sleeper service connections between England, Wales, Scotland, France and Belgium in the style of the London Underground map. The map is set on a ground of dark blue shading to black, with the rail lines shown in a variety of colours. It includes the British Rail 'double arrow' logo and the slogan "Close your eyes and you're almost there". Doubleroyal format. Printed by Lonsdale & Bartholomew Ltd in Nottingham, England.

Poster Inter-City Sleepers, Overground by Night, advertising British Rail sleeper train services, 1974. The poster is in the schematic style of the famous London tube map, originally designed by Harry Beck in 1931. It plays on the London underground name by calling the British Rail sleeper trains the 'overground'.

Sleeper trains are made up of carriages fitted with beds for overnight travel. The services depicted on the map range from Penzance in Cornwall to Inverness and Aberdeen in Scotland. The line from London Victoria station also shows connections by boat train across the English Channel to Paris and Brussels.

The poster features the slogan "Close your eyes and you're almost there" and includes the British Rail double arrow logo. It was printed for the British Railways Board by Lonsdale & Bartholomew of Nottingham, England.

Details

Category:
Railway Posters, Notices & Handbills
Object Number:
1978-9701
Materials:
paper (fibre product) and ink
Measurements:
overall: 1016 mm x 632 mm
type:
poster