British Railways Lion

Paul  Green

Derby, United Kingdom

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This version of the British Railways Lion Logo is the 1956 revised version.

This was based on the British Transport Commission’s Heraldic Crest, and can only be described as Crown, with a Lion standing erect inside the Crown, facing Left, and holding a wheel between its front paws, the whole being enclosed in a roundel, BRITISH RAILWAYS being displayed either side of the roundel in rectangular panels. This was duly applied and as previously left and right hand versions of the crest were employed, basically so that the lion always faced forward. However this was a major blunder, as Heraldic convention decrees that as the lion faces left on the official British Transport Commission Crest, it must always face that way on any emblem or logo derived from that Crest.

The original British Railways Logo was in the form of a Gold (Yellow) Lion, straddling a Red Wheel, with a Black Band horizontally across the diameter of the Wheel, carrying the legend BRITISH RAILWAYS in White Letters.

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