There are a good number of railway crests, some of which will be found on my Railways and Overseas Railways pages. There are also a variety from particular offices within the railway companies, of which examples are illustrated here.

The major railway companies operated hotels in connection with their networks, but not all railway hotels were company operations. We may imagine that Colney Hatch was not a significant terminus except perhaps for those destined for the Colney Hatch Lunatic Asylum.



The firm of Robert Stephenson & Co. of Newcastle-on-Tyne had its origins in the early days of railway development. Robert, the son of George Stephenson, had designed The Rocket, one of the trialists for the rail-road locomotive engine competition organised by the directors of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway in 1829. Subsequently his company manufactured locomotives for the railways of the world.
The rail-road cars of George M Pullman (1831-1897) had been built in America from the 1860s. The debut of the Pullman cars in Great Britain was in 1874 when they were introduced on the Midland Railway. In 1882 the British Pullman Car Co. commenced manufacturing in their Derby works. The name Pullman and its umber and cream livery is synonymous with luxury rail travel.

The railway engine below is executed in ink in a Victorian hand-decorated crest album which has many examples of painstaking pen-work.

The scene below, in a railway station, is from an anastatic crest album by Cowell of Ipswich, the chief promoters of the art. See Anastatic Albums for further information on the topic.

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