An illustrated tribute to classic railway artwork.
explains the inspiration for this issue’s very different look.
Steam Railway’s cover has a different look this issue. Inspired by the classic railway artwork that once adorned stations and carriage interiors across the country during the golden age of steam, we have decided to use an illustrated cover for only the second time in the magazine’s history. Featuring a ‘K1’ crossing Glenfinnan Viaduct on the West Highland Line extension from Fort William to Mallaig – the route of the ‘Jacobite’ – our cover is a modern take on some of the most distinctive and memorable railway posters from the ‘Big Four’ and BR eras (LNER and BR examples are reproduced below), and encapsulates this edition’s ‘Steam to the Mountains’ theme. You can read more about the ‘Jacobite’ elsewhere in this issue, as well as several other famous mountain railways – including the Ravenglass & Eskdale, Snowdon and the Darjeeling Himalayan railways. For fans of the usual spectacular photography which normally graces the front cover of Steam Railway every four weeks, fear not – normal service will be resumed next issue.