These 10 beautiful posters celebrate the golden age of rail travel

Taking the train might not be much fun any more, especially if you've just paid a small fortune to be crammed into a commuter special that's running half an hour late. But there was a time when the railways were a thing to be celebrated and the train was the only way to see far-flung parts of the country that you'd otherwise never visit. And nothing captures the 20th century's love affair with the railways quite so well as the many posters produced for the rail networks over the years.

Many of these have been collected into Great British Railway Posters, the story of the railway told through its most nostalgic and celebrated art. From bathing beauties and dream destinations to the locomotives of the steam age, these vintage posters give a glimpse into a fondly remembered past. We've gathered together 10 of the best; which one is your favourite?

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