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Titled Trains originated as a clever marketing tactic by railway companies to give a sense of prestige and dependability to their services.
The 'Irish Mail' was the first named train in Britain following a competition in The Railway Magazine in 1848. It didn't take long for other railway companies to follow suit with 'Flying Dutchman' being launched by the Great Western Railway (GWR) in 1849.
Such is the prestige and history associated with these trains that many people still recognise the names even today. Flying Scotsman, Cornish Riviera Express and Brighton Belle to name but a few.
We've worked with Hornby Magazine who have compiled a list of over 20 Titled Trains between 1950 and 1965 with 6 available in this article and a further 20 included on a full-colour A2 poster in the May issue (HM143) of Hornby Magazine.
We also recently launched a new Formations discussion group on Facebook, where you can give feedback on our guides and give suggestions for future formations. Get involved with the group, HERE.
Shorthand Info & Key:
Liveries: bg = blue/grey, mar = maroon, cho = chocolate and cream, gr = green, pul = pullman umber and cream, bl = blue
* - Not in current catalogue but may be available as a pre-owned item
# - Requires some modification
^ - Similar item
Titled Trains Formation Map
This map should help to give an indication of where each of the above trains ran between and their route.
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