Manufactured in Great Britain during the mid-1950s, Express Card Game was marketed as “Non-Stop Entertainment” and “A First Class Card Game.” The fundamental objective of this railroad travel game is to create a train by collecting the necessary five cards and moving the train out of the station by the use of signal cards. The winner is the first player to move his or her Guard’s Van right out of the station so that it requires only seven moves forward to bring it to the winning position.
Express Card Game consists of 4 foldable stations made of card stock and 44 train and sign cards. The game cards are in excellent vintage condition, free of tears, creases, stains, discoloration and frayed edges. The illustrations on the front side remain bright and colorful. The station cards are also in good condition, though the folds on the back of each card have been reinforced with tape, which in time has yellowed the design on the back of the station cards. The illustration of each station card remains vivid.
The instruction booklet is in good vintage condition. The paper has slightly discolored with age, and the center staple of the booklet has rusted a bit. The pages remain intact.
The game box, however, is another story; it has some significant issues. Firstly, the top flap of the box has broken away from the box, though the flap is included inside the box with the cards, stations and instruction booklet. Secondly, a strip of cellophane tape wraps around the top perimeter of the box as reinforcement of a split edge. A small piece of tape also appears at the bottom of the box. Finally, along with severe edge wear, the box has a gouge that has torn a hole in it. Please see accompanying photographs for all condition issues.
The rare Express Card Game provides hours of great family entertainment. For those who collect vintage card games, European-made games or games that focus on the railroad, this card game would make for a wonderful addition to one of those collections.