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Railways #22 – KGV

Hopefully this label will kickstart a discussion or three. So my thinking is this, does the label show an actual event or is it just a pastiche?


Could it be that this was a celebration of a GWR anniversary, showing no: 6000 King George V on the right. Together with a diesel multiple unit on the left and what looks to me to be a Brunel wide gauge loco in the centre. Your thoughts & opinions please.

Railways #21- Pullmans (SOGOF)

The first Pullman Railway Coach to enter service in the UK was in 1874, after an assembly of imports from the US, in an operation pioneered by the Midland Railway, working with George Pullman’s Chicago company. The coach “Midland” was of Clerestory Roofed design with balconies at both ends. The concept of luxury coaches spread to the other UK railway companies thereafter.

Pullman 2

Pullman trains offered more luxurious accommodation than ordinary mainline trains. The PCC had its own workshops at Brighton. Pullman Car manufacture was also carried out by Birmingham Railway Carriage and Wagon Company and Metropolitan Cammell Carriage and Wagon Co.. The London, Brighton and South Coast Railway was the first UK railway company to operate a complete Pullman train, the Pullman Limited, which started on the London to Brighton route on 5 December 1881.

As Mr Smail recounts “…In 1906 the LBSCR introduced three new thirty-five ton twelve-wheelers Princess Ena, Princess Patricia, and Duchess of Norfolk. These last three cars were the first Pullmans to be painted in the now familiar umber and cream livery. Hitherto the Brighton Pullmans had been painted dark mahogany brown with gold lining and scrollwork. Some of the older cars had the name in an oval panel on the side. In 1903 Mr. Billinton changed the colour of the ordinary L.B. & S.C.R. coaches to umber brown with white or cream upper panels, and in 1906 this colour scheme was also adopted by the Pullman Car Co., with the name of the car in large gilt letters…”.

In case you were wondering about SOGOF, it is our version of the supermarkets BOGOF. In our case See One Get One Free!

Pullman 1

Thanks to Steve & Nick for submitting these labels, at least I think it was you. If not thanks for the others you were good enough to send in.

Railways #20 – Escalante

Once again thanks to Radek for this label, he obviously has an excellent collection railway themed labels.


I assume that this is named after the area of San José, where this Red Ale is brewed in Costa Rica. However other the image, I don’t have a clue regarding the connection with railways. If anyone has any other ideas, please share them with us.

Railways # 19 – Gravy Train

Not a name you would normally associate with a railway theme, but all will become clear (I hope).

Gravy Train

The loco on this label is restored No: 46115, Scots Guardsman, built in 1927 by the LMS for use on express services between London & Scotland. It was withdrawn by BR in 1965, having appeared in the GPO film, Night Mail and David Lean’s classic film, Close Encounter. Now owned & operated by the West Coast Railway Company & based at their Carnforth depot in Lancashire. Often used nowadays to haul ‘specials’ across the mainline rail network.
Gravy Train Catering Company commissioned this special ale from the Southport Brewery and hence the very appropriate name.

Railways #18 – Cheltenham Flyer

Right I will own up from the outset. This is one of my favourite railway labels and features the artwork of John Austin FGRA.

Cheltenham Flyer

More correctly known as the Cheltenham Spa Express, although Cheltenham Flyer was the more popular name for this express service from London. In June 1932, the train broke railway speed records with a time of 56 minutes 47 seconds at an average speed of 81.6 miles per hour (131.3 km/h). This made the run the fastest railway run in the world(at the time). The train was hauled by Castle class 5006 Tregenna Castle.

If you would like to see more of John Austin’s work, just follow this link, John Austin FGRA

Railways #17 – Belgian Tripel

Belgium tripel

Thanks again to Radek, for this label. I guess that the beer may well be in the style of a Belgian Tripel, but I have a sneaking suspicion that neither the loco nor the label is from our continental neighbour. Answers on a postcard please, well I’ll settle for comments on this post.

Railways #16 – Local Line

A while back, we had “Mainline”, so it is only fair that we give the Local Line a chance.

Local Line

This label dates back to the late 1980’s, which was well before I started collecting beer labels. So that’s is my excuse for today, so over to you guys to fill in the gaps.

Railways #14 – Flying Scotsman (of course)

As the title indicates, what else indeed,could we post today. The Flying Scotsman, after a 10 year absence & a four million £ refit, made it’s first official run from Kings Cross to York. Although I believe it may have visited Scarborough earlier this week.

Flying Scotsman

Our Flying Scotsman, above , is in LNER livery and no doubt carries 4472. Rather than the BR livery & number 60103, that you will have seen today. Also missing in the above image are the small smoke deflectors, than grace her current incarnation. To reinforce the sense of nostalgia, our label carries a volume declaration of 1 pt (pint). OK so it’s an export label, but none the less……………………….!


Railway #13 – Old Pusher

Well despite the name of this label, I recall these used to pull as well as push. And this nicely combines a diesel loco & an electric multiple unit. Pretty much everything else is on the label, but if you wish to add anything, please feel free.

Old Pusher


Railways #12 – Golden Arrow

A named train this time, running from London Victoria to Dover Marine. On 15 May 1929, the Southern Railway introduced this service, which continued until 1972, with a gap during the second world war.

Golden Arrow

So far, so good. Now for the part where I stick my neck out & wait for it to be promptly removed. I reckon the above image is supposed to date from 1948 – 1952, as the loco is still in Southern Malachite Green livery, but to me it looks as if the tender carries the words British Railways, rather than Southern. Now during this period the Golden Arrow was normally hauled by Bulleid’s Merchant Navy or Battle of Britain class locos. Interestingly the above does not carry a number on the buffer beam, nor apparently a nameplate. Which is strange as I believe all these locos were named. There are a number of images on the interweb, showing a very similar picture. So is this just a designer’s representation of a real image or am I as usual, chuffing up the wrong branch line.

Over to you or as railway types would say, “Here is your token”

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