Merseyrail  continues to use the typeface for station signage. InterCity rebranded in , at which pointed it dispensed with Rail Alphabet for its logo. A more obviously fashionable typeface would have dated much more quickly. This restriction only applies to the primary font name as presented to the users.
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The distance between lines is determined by the letter tiles being butted together vertically.
Picture bitish Pneumaman UniversSpec. Bibliography and further reading Boocock, Colin We all want brifish impress an ice maiden. The privatisation of British Rail from accelerated the decline in use of the typeface on the railway network with most of the privatised train operating companies who now manage individual stations choosing to use the fonts associated with britksh own corporate identities for station signs and publicity. Data panel on a British Rail locomotive. This site is an archive of RMweb content from Inspiration from the airport Kinneir fomt previously won the contract to design the signs for the new terminal at Gatwick Airport and the typeface, drawn by Calvert, was designed specifically with pedestrian wayfinding in mind.
Rail Alphabet signage at Preston station. As well as not working in Excel, the Gill Sans font is also very compressed in MS Word letters overlapped when I first tried it out - I respaced the letters but I'm sure I shouldn't have had to, it's very strange as the other 2 fonts seem to be perfectly OK.
The Font of All Knowledge (Gill Sans and British Railways signage)
Charing Cross station in OrnamentsParagraphSans, Geometric. Rail Safety and Standards Board.
PREAMBLE The goals of the Open Font License OFL are to stimulate worldwide development of collaborative font projects, to support the font creation efforts of academic and linguistic communities, and to provide a free and open framework in which fonts may be shared and improved in partnership with others. It is better to be silent and have people think you are stupid than to open your mouth and remove all doubt. Light Blue needed for the backgrounds!
On Line Typeface (Rail Alphabet typeface, Margaret Calvert/Jock Kinneir, UK)
Retrieved from " https: The Great Western Region got brown of coursethe Midland Brktish got maroon just like its pre-nationalisation locomotivesthe North Eastern got orange go figure — does anyone else know why? An online version is here.
Railway Regular Glyphs. Article now corrected and britisu you for your kind words. It was called Rail Alphabet and it has subsequently proved to be the most successful and long-lasting element of the corporate identity.
This influenced Gill who later experimented with sans serif designs, and in due course produced a set of capital letters. Outside the railway, the other users of Rail Alphabet eventually adopted different typefaces.
New Rail Alphabet
Some train operators continued use of Rail Alphabet long into the privatisation era. These can be included either as stand-alone text files, human-readable headers or in the appropriate machine-readable metadata fields within text or binary files as long as those fields can be easily viewed by the user.
They also remained utterly committed to their previously tried and tested methods of spacing the characters using their groundbreaking but straightforward tiling system which meant that even untrained staff had a reasonable chance of assembling correctly spaced signs.
British Airports Authority adopted it for its airports see a picture hereand the Danish state railway operator DSB imported it too see a picture here. Reblogged this on Ramblings of a funny man and commented: You are commenting using your WordPress.
In the early s, British Rail trialled new signs at Coventry station that made use of Kinnier ofnt Calvert's recently launched Transport typeface.
The Font of All Knowledge (Gill Sans and British Railways signage) – The Beauty of Transport
The DRU's rebranding of British Railways included a new logo the double arrowa shortened name British Railand the total adoption of Rail Alphabet for all lettering other than printed matter  including station signage, trackside signs, fixed notices, signs inside trains and train liveries.
Why, after all, meddle with something designed to work specifically on the railway system, unless you have very good reason to? The fonts and derivatives, however, cannot be released under any other type of license. The privatisation of the rail network saw a bewildering array of new typefaces introduced to the national britisu network. While Transport has since been an enduring success on road signs, it was designed around the specific needs of the roadside environment - such as visibility at speed and in all weathers.
Ina newly digitised version of the typeface was publicly released.