Trains

‘Dumb Ways to Die’ Creates a Lovably Lethal Greeting for April Fools’

In case you thought April Fools' was only about fake products and glaringly obvious gags, here's a nice palate cleanser. The adorable, ill-fated blobs from Dumb Ways to Die are back with an April 1 greeting, courtesy of agency McCann Melbourne. 

Orient Express Makes Quick Stop in New Patek Philippe Ad

For the benefit of those with a little extra spending cash lying around, a one-way ticket from Paris to Istanbul on the Venice-Simplon Orient Express now costs $10,340. You certainly wouldn’t want to miss that train, so why not buy a decent wristwatch, too? Say, a nice Patek Philippe chronograph in rose gold? That’ll add another $79,800 to the old platinum card.

How Transportation Brands Sell Leisure and Sophistication Through Cocktails

Ever since long-distance transportation evolved beyond the Conestoga wagon, commercial carriers (which, in the 20th century, meant trains and planes) have dealt with an obscure but serious problem. Most every carrier wants to convey a sense of leisure, luxury and sophistication, right? So here’s the problem: What advertising image conveys it?

Dumb Ways to Die Is Now a Video Game for the iPhone and iPad

There are now even more "Dumb Ways to Die"—and smart ways to live—as McCann Australia has made a video game out of its beloved, superviral train-safety ad from last year. "Starring all the characters from the viral hit Dumb Ways to Die for Metro Trains Melbourne, the game allows players to flick piranhas away from a character's private parts and defend another from a snake attack among other ways to avoid being dumb," the agency says. "Players can also pledge to 'not do dumb stuff around trains' at the click of a button." The game, developed by McCann in collaboration with local developer Barrel Of Donkeys, has been the No. 1 free app in Australia for a week, and is charting in 79 other countries. John Mescall, executive creative director of McCann Australia, said: "With the main Dumb Ways to Die video now close to 46 million views, we wanted to give young people another platform on which to enjoy the characters and, more importantly, to continue to remind them that being dumb around trains can and should be avoided."

Perspective: Just Look at That

Sometimes, the true beauty of a marketing campaign is not so much that it spotlights one of a brand's many dazzling attributes, but makes the best of the only one it's got. That, at any rate, has been the case with American passenger railroading since the end of World War II.