Railroad by Keith Lovegrove
Identity, Design and Culture

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Celebrating the culture and design of the railroad from its beginnings in the Industrial Revolution through its 20th-century heyday, Railroad is a loving tribute to the unique aesthetic of trains. With hundreds of archival and contemporary photographs, it examines the glamorous early days, when train travel meant sumptuous, luxurious interiors with formal black-tie dining cars and private sleeping-suite cabins, up to the present with the sleek, streamlined design and record-breaking speeds of modern trains around the globe. Touching on every aspect of railroad design, from the interiors and exteriors of the trains, to railroad stations, signage, and trestles and tunnels, Railroad also abounds in such train ephemera as tickets, conductor uniforms, timetables, and advertisements, and is sprinkled with trivia and anecdotes illuminating railroading’s colorful history.
As both harbinger of modern engineering and nostalgic symbol of an earlier age, the railroad continues to exert a fascination over all those interested in travel, engineering, and design. Railroad is a stylish trip down memory lane, paying whimsical tribute to our earliest modern form of transportation and examining how design continues to shape and reflect transportation.
 

About Keith Lovegrove

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Keith Lovegrove is a designer and has written the highly successful Airline: Identity, Design and Culture. He founded Lovegrove Design Consultancy in London in 1985 and has worked on a wide range of projects from corporate literature to environmental graphics. He has been awarded the PPA Magazine Designer of the Year Award for Photography magazine.
 
Published May 17, 2005 by Rizzoli. 160 pages
Genres: Professional & Technical, Arts & Photography, History. Non-fiction

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Focusing primarily on European, American and Japanese railways, the book features discussions of topics such as the nose design of modern high speed trains and the logo for Amtrak's Acela service, and includes photos of Japanese train washrooms, cramped kitchen staff on the Union Pacific, and the...

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