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“Scotland for the Holidays” – Beautiful Railway Brochures Issued in the 1930s

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Illustrated by 'M' (maybe Maxwell) in 1939

Illustrated by ‘M’ (maybe Maxwell) in 1939

The London, Midland and Scottish Railway (LMS) and the London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) were the two largest of the “Big Four” railway companies by the Railways Act of 1921. At the time the LMS was the world’s largest transport organisation, the largest commercial undertaking in the British Empire and the United Kingdom’s second largest employer, after the Post Office.

Under the Transport Act 1947 both the LMS and the LNER were nationalised becoming part of the state owned British Railways.

Each year, in the thirties, both the companies produced a “Scotland for the Holidays” brochure beautifully illustrated each year by a different artist.

Illustration by V.L. Danvers c.1930.

Illustration by V.L. Danvers c.1930.

Illustrated by J. Mace in 1938.

Illustrated by J. Mace in 1938.

Illustrated by N.H.W. in c.1935.

Illustrated by N.H.W. in c.1935.