National Railway Museum
Celebrating 40 years
The National Railway Museum in York reached the grand old age of 40 in 2015, and I was commissioned by Virgin to create a locomotive design, on a Class 43 HST, to celebrate this historic milestone. What you see here is the stunning end result!
Inspirations from rail icons
The 'NRM' has a diverse and famous collection covering all ages of rail travel, so it was the perfect opportunity to feature some of these icons of rail travel on the design - I chose six notables, covering different eras to show evolution in style and design.
In-depth research, stunning results
Given a blank canvas and an open brief, I took it upon myself to create something special for the 'NRM'. I wanted to keep the base style of the Virgin Trains East Coast livery (so it remained coherent with the rest of the branding of the train) but knew it needed to be unique and something both enthusiast and regular passengers would love. Research took place over several visit to the museum in York, and copies of technical drawings of the locomotive featured were obtained. This meant the outlines I created were true to life in every way. I then used the names of all locomotives featured in the museum's collection to create 'speed lines' leading from the nose around the side of the Class 43 HST. This gave the locomotive silhouettes a sense of motion, and celebrated the diversity of the collection.
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