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Off To the Seaside with Our Pick of Vintage Rail Posters

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When the sun is shining, there’s no denying that us Brits do like to be beside the seaside. . So why not find a little inspiration for your summer holidays this year by checking out our favourite vintage rail posters?

From bathing beauties to quaint coastlines, the seaside posters of yesteryear are certainly charming. If you find yourself yearning for the feel of sand between your toes and a dripping ice cream in your hand, be sure to check our journey planner for cheap train tickets and snag yourself the best seaside deals.

1. A top spot for golfers and students alike, St. Andrews is also a great place to catch a glimpse of the sea. One of St Andrew’s beaches has since gained prominence as the backdrop for the famous opening sequence of ‘Chariots of Fire’ but both are equally nice for a touch of sunbathing.

This bright and sunny poster certainly makes St. Andrews look like the perfect place to enjoy a stroll by the sea. It was produced for London & North Eastern Railway to tempt train travellers towards Fife back in 1941.

The poster, which was painted by renowned artist Fred Taylor, is definitely going for a triple whammy, featuring St. Andrews Castle, mentioning the town’s golfing history and making sure you get a good look at its sandy beach.

2. Brighton’s beaches may be beautiful, but this poster decided to go for an unusual tack and not feature them at all. Instead, it makes you do all the work by featuring a smiling girl drying herself with a red towel. Presumably, everyone is meant to see just how much fun she’s had splashing around in the sea.

Promoting the East Sussex coastal resorts of Brighton and Hove, the poster was commissioned by British Railways Southern Region in 1961 and it’s sure to have encouraged a few fun-seekers to make their way to Brighton or Hove.

Find out if you’ll have as much fun as the lady with the red towel by booking your train to Brighton today.

3. Showing some idyllic family-friendly fun, this is a poster hoping to draw the holiday crowds to Burnham-on-Sea. This Somerset seaside resort is a little more up-to-date these days, but is still a nice place to take the kids.

Made by John S Smith for British Railways, Western Region, this classy poster stayed in circulation between 1948 and1964 – meaning it must have been doing something right.

It does make a pretty picture, with families relaxing in the sun, children enjoying donkey rides and sailboats dotting the horizon.

4. Blackpool Beach is typically a little more crowded than this poster seems to suggest, but there’s no doubting its popularity as a holiday destination. If you take a train to Blackpool these days, you might even find fellow passengers wearing accessories similar to the star of the poster – as sixties fashion is back in vogue.

Produced by British Railways London, Midland Region back in 1960, this retro poster shows a beautiful sunbather, but also alludes to Blackpool’s then burgeoning nightlife.

With artwork by Dickens, this poster is definitely a charmer – but is it enough to make you want to check out Blackpool’s beaches and pubs?

Would you hang any of these posters on your bedroom wall? Or is there a vintage seaside picture you like better? Tweet or Facebook us and let us know …

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