• Peter Berthoud

Express 1st Edition

Updated: Sep 4

Express Card Game (1st Edition)

(The twin Red and Blue packs were released at the same time and are not separate editions)


First Published: 1947

Illustrator or Designer: Not directly credited but acknowledgements made (see rules)


Contents: 44 Cards + 4 Fold-Out Cards + Rules Booklet


Express Box Front With Thumb Cut (Red)
Express Box Front With Thumb Cut (Red)

There are 4 fold-out stations and 44 cards. There are 5 cards for each of the 4 Railway companies and 5 Pool cards. There are also 5 Red and 10 Green Signals and 4 Passes.


Express Cards: LNER Station & Rolling Stock - London & North Eastern Railway

Express 1st ed. Cards: LNER Station & Rolling Stock - London & North Eastern Railway


Express Cards: GWR Station & Rolling Stock - Great Western Railway

Express 1st ed. Cards: GWR Station & Rolling Stock - Great Western Railway


Express Cards: SR Station & Rolling Stock - Southern Railway

Express 1st ed. Cards: SR Station & Rolling Stock - Southern Railway


Express Cards: LMS Station & Rolling Stock - London, Midland & Scottish Railway

Express 1st ed. Cards: LMS Station & Rolling Stock - London, Midland & Scottish Railway


Express Cards: Pool Rolling Stock

Express 1st ed.Cards: Pool Rolling Stock


Express Cards: 5 x Red Signals, 5 x Green Signals 1, 5 x Green Signals 2 plaus 4 x Railway Passes

Express 1st ed. Cards: 5 x Red Signals, 5 x Green Signals 1, 5 x Green Signals 2 plus 4 x Railway Passes



This 1st Edition of Express was released prior to the nationalisation of British railways. The game was published anonymously, there is no "branding" on the box and no address or any other company details feature in the rules.


The game is certainly by Pepys and not just in terms of style and quality. The 1955 2nd Edition of Express is clearly attributed to Pepys, on the box, front and back, in the rules and even on two of the cards, it is essentially the same game without the fold-out cards.


The game's design including the fold-out cards and their backs is also the same as that used by Pepys for Mickey and the Beanstalk, this game has the Pepys Series device on the box and the rules (which also have the company address printed on the front page).


The twin Red and Blue packs were released at the same time and are not separate editions. Like England Expects and Flight, a reissued version of Express 2nd Ed. was published by Lagoon in 2011 under license from Neale Dataday.




Game & Version Details




​Express Box Front With Thumb Cut (Blue)



​Express​ - Card Back (Blue)



​Express​ - Card Back (Red)



​Express​ - Fold-Out Card Back (Blue)



​​​Express​ - Fold-Out Card Back (Red)



​Express - Rules Front



Express - Rules Back


"We gratefully acknowledge the assistance given to us in the production of this game by the following:-


Great Western Railway

Southern Railway

London & North Eastern Railway

London, Midland & Scottish Railway

Meccano, Limited"



Express - Box Back With Title Card (Blue)



Express - Box Back With Title Card (Red)



​ Express - Box Top



​ Express - Box Side Left



​ Express - Box Base



​ Express - Box Side Right



​ Express - Box Back With Flap