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Available in the USA from June 4, 2021, or buy now and we'll ship from UK

Order Logomotive locally

After publication on April 1, we sold out in the USA, overwhelmed by compliments and popular demand. New stock is on its way. Books are expected in our Chicago warehouse by June 4. Please place an order with Barnes & Noble or Amazon or, to support local bookstores, IndieBound. You can do this by clicking on the ORDER LOGOMOTIVE LOCALLY button below. Once you’re in the queue, you’re assured of getting your copy as soon as humanly possible. Any problems, please contact .

Presented on a red background is a black and white railroad graphic of Zephyrus, winged god of the west wind, pointing to the future above a speeding, three-car diesel train. The title Logomotive follows in bold, yellow, Art Deco lettering.

Buy now from the UK

If you want your book straight away, just click on the BUY LOGOMOTIVE NOW button below. The order form will allow you to enter a US address and pay in dollars. On completion of your purchase, we will arrange for a copy to be sent direct to you by air courier from our UK warehouse. We can offer you a preferential price of $41.25 but will need to charge you an additional $32.00 for the courier, at cost, making a total of $73.25. Couriers require a telephone number, so please provide one in order to be sure of a rapid delivery.

Presented on a red background is a black and white railroad graphic of Zephyrus, winged god of the west wind, pointing to the future above a speeding, three-car diesel train. The title Logomotive follows in bold, yellow, Art Deco lettering.

LOGOMOTIVE: Railroad Graphics and the American Dream

During the 1960s and 1970s Ian Logan made numerous trips photographing the bold, energetic railroad graphics he found painted on locomotives, boxcars, and cabooses. His 35 mm transparencies are now a valuable historical archive. Over the years he has built up a collection of related magazines and newspapers, letterheads, timetables, brochures, matchbooks, ashtrays, badges, posters, and postcards. Together they form a visual feast, a salute in his own words to "the most exciting collection of graphic imagery ever to have been produced in this field anywhere in the world".

“Ian Logan and Jonathan Glancey are to be congratulated for assembling such a rich collection of images with a strong narrative that captures the spirit of an age and its boundless confidence.”
Norman Foster

A celebration of marketing magic

To this cornucopia of vintage railroad graphics, the distinguished design commentator Jonathan Glancey – another lifelong railway enthusiast – brings a well-informed, perceptive analysis of its iconography, of the way every aspect of the railroads, from the locomotives and rolling stock to architecture, advertisements and timetables, was designed to project an image of speed, efficiency, adventure and the American dream.

“An authoritative overview of the high tide of railroad design, written by professionals who really know their business.”
Kevin Keefe, Railroad Heritage Magazine