Welcome to the Poster to Poster Series
The ‘must’ have for railway enthusiasts
The Poster to Poster series is a nine-volume definitive collection of railway posters which showcases many of the railway posters from the National Railway Museum at York, UK and Swann Galleries, New York, USA. Each volume is a mixture of travel documentary, geographical and historical study, graphic artists’ reference and poster database – all interlinked using the central theme of railway posters. The first seven volumes uses our National Collection to take a journey around Britain. Volume 8 takes you on a journey of wonderful continental destinations such as France, Germany and Italy, as well as Ireland and North America. Volume 9, Rails Across America, takes a journey around the USA from the east to the west coast. The result is a stunning artistic guide to British, continental and American destinations and railway poster heritage.
These colourful books showcase the posters as if readers are taking railway journeys. Not only are the posters beautifully presented, these books cover in more depth than before the history, geography and commercial aspects of each place visited allowing the book to be a wonderful educational travelogue, as well as an extensive poster guide. The central core of each book is the posters, carriage prints and original paintings. You’ll find many unpublished materials and posters too.
Each book features a regional journey, literally moving from ‘Poster to Poster’ and detailed regional databases are found towards the rear of every volume. This has been compiled from a variety of sources, from all over the world, to appreciate what posters have been issued by the railways. Publishing lists of available posters is long overdue. This allows the number of Lancashire, Edinburgh or Norfolk posters, for example, to be appreciated.
The series showcases some of the greatest collections of railway posters to be found anywhere in the world. Of the several thousand posters published since the Victorian era, less than 10% had featured in poster books, before our first volumes became available. By the end of the project, between 2,500 and 3,000 images will have been included through the series.