InterCity Publicity

Posters

Intercityscape posters

In 1991 InterCity commissioned the renowned artist Brendan Neiland R.A. to paint a series of five works to celebrate the electricification of the East Coast Main Line and the full introduction of the full IC225 fleet. Brendan Neiland‘s style of realism and cityscapes was ideal and the artist created spectacular paintings that cleverly portrayed aspects of station architecture together with the electrification and the trains themselves in scenes at Kings Cross, Leeds, York, Newcastle and Edinburgh.

The following year advertising agency Saatchi & Saatchi went on to produce the last series of TV commercials for InterCity, Welcome to InterCity. In the station scene the Saatchi’s creative team cleverly manages to create a moving image version of Brendan Neiland’s classic posters.

Click on the image on the right to watch the commercial.
Welcome to InterCity
   
A further poster followed in 1993 with Brendan Neiland producing a painting of Bath Poultney Bridge to promote InterCity‘s 125 services on the Western Region main line.

Further examples of Brendan Neiland‘s cityscapes can be seen at the Redfern Gallery website

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Kings Cross Leeds York Newcastle
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Sentimental Journey

Sentimental Journey This 1994 set of advertisements cover the long distance trains from London to Scotland. On the left is the press advertisement and below are three outdoor advertisements displayed on hoardings (billboards).

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The Highland Chieftain The Northern Lights
Sentimental Journey In 1985 a TV commercial was produced using Flying Scotsman and an InterCity 125.

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Sentimental Journey
The Flying Scotsman    

General

General InterCity Poster
General InterCity Poster
The image on the left shows how these advertisements were customised when used. The one shown states London to Nottingham every hour.
   
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Escalator advertisements

These four images were displayed in the advertising panels on the wall of London Underground escalators.




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Monica

The eye catching See a friend this weekend leaflets used the same image with different rail journeys. This series used the famous Monica posters, the most widely recalled of any Rail posters.

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Sleepers

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1968 1969 1970 1971 May 1971
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April 1973 May 1973 March 1978 May 1978 January 1979
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June 1980 1981 June 1981 October 1981 October 1981
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1982 May 1982 June 1982 May 1983 May 1983
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September 1983 October 1983 May 1984 May 1984 May 1984
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January 1985 July 1985 September 1985 September 1985 January 1986
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January 1986 May 1986 September 1986 September 1986 January 1987
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May 1988 May 1988 October 1989 October 1990 October 2010
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May 1991 May 1992 October 1993 September 1994 May 1995
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June 1995 June 1997 January 2001 January 2007 September 2007
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September 1964 1970  

Mini-timetables

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October 1976 May 1977 May 1979 May 1980 May 1980
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May 1980 June 1981 June 1981 May 1982 May 1982
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May 1982 May 1983 October 1983 October 1983 October 1984
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September 1985        

InterCity 21

InterCity 21

On 4 May 1987 an open day was held at Bounds Green InterCity depot.
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May 1987 was the 21st anniversary of the introduction of the InterCity name, following the electrification of the London to Liverpool and Manchester route. The folder, left, contained a £5 voucher plus a competition with the first prize of a years free 1st class rail travel for 2 people.
       
InterCity 21
InterCity 21

The children's TV program Blue Peter ran a competition in conjunction with InterCity. Viewers were asked to send in paintings imagining how InterCity would be in the 21st century. Over 53,000 entries were received. The joint winners named an InterCity 125 power car Blue Peter II (see above) at Newcastle, followed by a ride in the cab all the way to Penzance.

Blue Peter presenter Mark Curry also opened the InterCity21 event at Bounds Green.
   
InterCity 21 The May 1987 edition of the passenger magazine InterCity devoted much space to the 21st anniversary. The front cover showed the 1960s motive power, the Deltic, and the current IC125.  
InterCity 21

The new logo announced at the 21st anniversary and first used on the inaugural trip of the Master Cutler from Sheffield on May 6.