England by Rail
England’s railways were once run by dozens of companies, but out of World War I came the Big Four, which for the first time divvied management of rail lines geographically. Each had lines fanning out from London to their designated region and tried to attract riders with posters advertising pastoral scenes, charming villages, or flashing views of the capital. New locomotives continued to impress, and trains became ever faster. But rail travel declined as the automobile prospered, and the prewar glamour eventually faded. Profits were few and only the Southern Railway invested, electrifying some of its commuter lines. By 1948 the railways were nationalized. The posters in this calendar compose a snapshot of rail travel within England during this period of change, a romantic vision of sophisticated country escapes and city grandeur.All of Pomegranate’s calendars are printed with soy-based inks on FSC® certified paper, which means the paper has been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council™ and manufactured by an FSC certified printer. FSC certification promotes responsible forest management by ensuring that forestry practices are environmentally responsible, socially equitable, and economically viable.FSC license code FSC N001864.