Iconic LNER designs inspire Tornado poster

Today we have published two new posters by renowned railway artist Stephen Millership featuring our locomotives. The designs of the posters were inspired by the iconic posters of the London & North Eastern Railway (LNER) from the 1930s and 1940s.

Tornado 10 Years in Steam has been produced to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the completion of Tornado at Darlington Locomotive Works in 2008. The poster was designed by Stephen Millership and drew its inspiration from the iconic Silver Jubilee poster by Frank Newbould published by the LNER to mark the entry into service of Britain’s first streamlined train in 1935.

A Giant Resurrected has been produced to promote the construction of No. 2007 Prince of Wales at Darlington Locomotive Works. The poster was designed by Stephen Millership and drew its inspiration from the iconic Giants Refreshed poster by Terence Cuneo published by the LNER to mark the restoration of its locomotives from wartime Black liveries to Apple Green and Garter Blue liveries in 1947.

Both posters have been produced on A1 size 200gsm paper and are available to purchase for £15.00 each (including postage & packing) from The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust at www.a1steam.com with all profits going towards the featured locomotive. Tornado 10 Years in Steam can be purchased here and A Giant Resurrected here – ideal Christmas presents!

Mark Allatt, Trustee, The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, commented, “The London & North Eastern Railway not only built some of the finest steam locomotives to operate in Great Britain but also promoted its services with some of the most iconic posters ever produced, working with artists including Tom Purvis, Frank Newbould and Terence Cuneo.

“As the re-creator of long-lost LNER steam locomotive designs, The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust wanted to celebrate Tornado’s tenth birthday and promote the construction of the seventh class P2 Prince of Wales and we could think of no more appropriate way than to commission two new posters from renowned illustrator Stephen Millership whose work pays homage to the golden age of steam.

Tornado 10 Years in Steam and A Giant Resurrected are both available to buy from www.a1steam.com for only £15.00 each – the perfect Christmas present for anyone with a love of steam or a passion for travel posters.”

Stephen Millership added, “When I was approached by The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust to design and illustrate posters for both Tornado and Prince of Wales locomotives, I was thrilled. The project was made even more exciting when I was asked to base the posters on the classic LNER designs of the past. Terence Cuneo’s original poster Giants Refreshed has always been a favourite of mine, so to try and capture some of the magic of that poster using my illustration style was a challenge and a joy. I feel very pleased to have played a small part in both these amazing railway projects.”

The posters are illustrated below (water-marked for copyright purposes).