The Beauty of Transport

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

In Case of Emergency, Open Box (AA and RAC telephone boxes, UK)

There are 19 remaining in-situ examples of this week’s transport beauty at the sides of roads across Britain, making journeys more interesting and attractive, and acting as a reminder of … Continue reading

December 7, 2016 · 1 Comment

The Truth, or Something Beautiful (on the confusion of public transport with tourism, history or character)

I’m treating myself to another of my intermittent rant-y articles; it’s only fair to warn you. The subject is one I remain somewhat conflicted about. It’s the ongoing confusion between … Continue reading

November 30, 2016 · 14 Comments

Mr Carden’s Home for Peculiar Transport (Patcham Pylons, Brighton, UK)

The city of Brighton and Hove exerts a strange attraction for distinctive transport. It has some marvellous Streamline Moderne tram shelters, still in use as bus shelters. It has one … Continue reading

November 23, 2016 · 1 Comment

Beautiful Nightmare (Santa Maria Novella station, Florence, Italy)

It’s hard not to be seriously impressed by Santa Maria Novella station, but I’m never really sure whether I ought to be. It is, after all, a monument to the … Continue reading

November 16, 2016 · 5 Comments

The Beauty of Transport has been Nationalised (Somewhat to my Surprise)

The UK government has decided that transport infrastructure should look nice as well as working well, enhancing the built environment rather than detracting from it. Last week, transport minister John Hayes … Continue reading

November 9, 2016 · 4 Comments

Mainlining Style (Midland Mainline visual identity 1996-2004)

For my money, the best new visual identity of all Britain’s early privatised train companies belonged to Midland Mainline, the intercity operator which ran trains from London St Pancras to Leeds, … Continue reading

November 2, 2016 · 6 Comments

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 · 5 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 · 2 Comments

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


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