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Our collections aren't all about the past—these concept drawings and designs are all about the future.

I was browsing through our photo collections this week and can across these gems. They’re concept drawings from the British Railways Research department and show a 1970s vision of stations, high speed trains and goods handling depots of the future.

Concept drawing of train controller at work station.
Concept drawing of train controller at work station.
Concept drawing of futuristic station or airport with railway links and passenger 'tubes'.
Concept drawing of futuristic station or airport with railway links and passenger ‘tubes’.
Concept drawing of theoretical rail freight system with railway wagons being unloaded automatically onto trucks.
Concept drawing of theoretical rail freight system with railway wagons being unloaded automatically onto trucks.
Concept drawing of experimental APT-like train.
Concept drawing of experimental APT-like train.

We don’t have the original drawings, but have slides of the images and that’s why they’re part of the photography collection. We’re trying to get more of our digitised photographs online, but can now browse some of our digitised collections here.

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