The Beauty of Transport

Transport design, transport architecture, and transport's influence on art and culture. Publishing weekly at 1700 UK time

Mad as a Box of Tudor (Furness Railway signal box, Carnforth, Lancashire, UK)

We think we know what signal boxes look like. They are neatly rectangular and plain-walled, they have pitched or hipped roofs, fully glazed uppers, solid lowers and a neat little … Continue reading

October 26, 2016 · 3 Comments

Grand Hotel (Midland Hotel, Morecambe, Lancashire, UK)

Let’s go to Morecambe, Lancashire. And why not? Its football club is nicknamed The Shrimps. But that’s not why. Maybe it’s for the railway station then. Let’s have a look: … Continue reading

October 19, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Men from the Future (Helsinki Central station, Finland)

Architect Eliel Saarinen (1873-1950) and his son Eero were time travellers from the future with an interest in transport. We know this because their transport buildings are adrift in time, … Continue reading

October 12, 2016 · 2 Comments

The Train on Kaleidoscope Lines (British passenger railway post-privatisation visual identities)

When British Rail was privatised in 1994, no-one knew quite what to expect, not in terms of the way the new railway would operate, nor what it would feel like … Continue reading

October 5, 2016 · 3 Comments

The Tunnel We Love (Crystal Palace Subway, London, UK)

Pedestrian subways must be one of the most reviled types of transport infrastructure around. Thanks to the over-enthusiastic adoption of the pedestrian/car segregation policies outlined in Colin Buchanan’s 1963 report Traffic … Continue reading

September 28, 2016 · Leave a comment

House of Train (Liverpool Road station, Manchester, UK)

Although this week’s example of transport beauty doesn’t necessarily scream its purpose at first glance, it is in fact one of the most important pieces of transport infrastructure anywhere in the world. … Continue reading

September 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

Tower Power (Speke Airport, Liverpool, UK)

Just three years after the opening of the Streamline Moderne terminal building at Shoreham Airport in Sussex, another terminal in the same style opened at Speke, in Liverpool. Testament to … Continue reading

September 14, 2016 · 1 Comment

Safety First (The Permanent Way, by David Hare)

If stage show Starlight Express (the last one this blog looked at) is a bright and breezy celebration of the sheer bloody wonderfulness of railways, then David Hare’s play The Permanent … Continue reading

September 7, 2016 · Leave a comment

Glamour From Aviation’s Early Years (Shoreham Airport terminal, West Sussex, UK)

Most of the time when people talk about the golden age of some transport mode or other, they’re talking total rubbish. They’ve been lulled into a false sense of past … Continue reading

August 31, 2016 · 2 Comments


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