Pomegranate’s Railroad Posters of Scotland
coloring book features 21 images from twentieth century railroad advertisements. Coloring pages are blank on the back so they can be cut out and displayed. Click on the small picture to see an interior page.Introduction
Before Queen Victoria began her reign in 1837, the few railway lines that existed in Scotland were used primarily to transport coal and other raw materials for industry. By the turn of the twentieth century, most of the country’s railways were completed and stretched from the Southern Uplands to the northern coast.
In 1846 the Scottish rail system was linked to the English network, and as rail travel became more and more popular, it opened up tourism, bringing visitors eager to see Scotland’s dramatic, remote countryside and charming seacoast towns. By the 1890s the railway companies were encouraging passenger travel by hiring artists to produce colourful posters—with beautiful landscapes, seacoast towns, and charming villages, peaceful destinations that seemed far away from the hectic pace of modern life—to spark the imaginations of holiday tourists.
The twenty-one railway posters in this colouring book are shown as small pictures on the inside front and back covers. When you colour in the line drawings, you might want to copy these colours, or you might decide to use your own.
We’ve left the last two pages of this book blank so that you can draw and colour pictures of your own. Where would you like to take a train? Will your pictures have locomotives in them? Or will they instead show where the trains take you—a seacoast village, the Highlands, or an ancient battle site?
Sample of Selections:
1. C. H. Birtwhistle’s poster from about 1954 promotes travel to the town of Crieff in Perthshire, which became a fashionable tourist destination in the nineteenth century. This poster entices visitors with its view of Macrosty Park, with the Strathearn Hills in the distance.
2. Advertising Dunfermline, near the Firth of Forth, Kenneth Steel’s 1959 poster shows the town’s famed Dunfermline Abbey and Pittencrieff Park.
3. This poster by Frank Newbould from about 1930, depicting a pavilion and bathing pool, beckons visitors to the coastal town of Dunbar on the southeast coast of Scotland.
4. Ladislas Freiwirth’s dramatic poster from about 1930 suggests that the Flying Scotsman was so speedy between London’s King’s Cross Station and Edinburgh that it might as well have wings. The trip actually lasted just over eight hours.
5. Promoting travel to the Scottish Borders region in southern Scotland, Fred Taylor’s 1933 poster features a view of Jedburgh Abbey, an Augustinian abbey founded by King David I that dates from 1118.
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