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1930s poster for the Southern Railway's Bournemouth Limited non-stop luxury express between Waterloo Station in London and Bournemouth on the South Coast in Dorset. It shows a speeding train hauled by Schools Class 4-4-0 Repton.


The poster describes it as the "Green" train, clearly a reference to the countryside through which the train passes rather than its carbon footprint.

Repton was built in 1934 and the train only ran until the Second World War, so that dates the poster as mid- to late-1930s. Darwin Smith has kindly pointed out that the livery is Malachite Green, which was only introduced in 1938.

The journey took two hours. I checked today's timetable and the quickest journey was one hour forty-five minutes, so there has been some progress in the last 80 years.

The train ran every weekday and fares were 'normal'. It is still the Quickest Way to Sunshine.


Keywords: Southern Railway; 1930s; poster; affiche; plakat; Bournemouth Limited; Schools Class; 4-4-0; Repton; 926; Luxury Express; Waterloo Station; The "Green" Train; Quickest Way to Sunshine

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