Carriage panels appeared to decorate the walls of carriages
in the early days of railways and these were generally black and white and
sepia images of places that the particular railway visited.
From there the railway companies realised
the benefits of a captive audience and started to introduce informative system maps
developed into what we regard as modern carriage prints. The artwork was
prepared by artists employed by the railways to capture a particular view and
then prints were produced of the view, often in considerable numbers, and displayed in the carriages
in frames with toughened safety glass.
The value of a print depends on aesthetic
quality and scarcity. You should be able to pick up a common unframed print for
about £20 and a good quality rare one for around £350. If the picture is framed
it will add about £20 to the price, more if it is an original frame rather than
a modern copy. Shown below are a selection of unframed BR Carriage Prints.
The authority on the
subject is Greg Norden who has written a wonderful book called "Landscapes Under
the Luggage Rack"
which is comprehensively illustrated and tells the complete story of
these varied prints and is a must for
anyone wanting to start a collection. Click
here to view his website
you are buying a scarce print you are best advised to go for one in Mint condition.
Carriage prints appear in all Railwayana Auctions and if you
are going to buy any I would suggest you buy ones that are
framed as it is not that easy to get a modern version of an