“Irish Mail at Conway” …or… Paul tries to be ‘Cuneoesque.’
A rebuilt Royal Scot hauls the Irish Mail Express past Conway Castle (I know we should say Conwy nowadays but it was Conway then) on a foggy dank wet day, just after a small downpour. I hope this one makes people smell the blend of damp air and coal smoke, it does for me. A time when trains were made up of proper coaches hauled by real locomotives, all in suitably sober liveries.
“On a Foggy Night” There are many miles closed railway lines, disused trackbeds and viaducts with the track lifted. But are they ever really closed… who’s to say what might still run along them on a damp foggy night when there’s nobody there to see?
It’s Finished, another locomotive portrait and another one with a GWR theme. “Coming off Shed” – A scene from the late 1930s with Cookham Manor, a GWR Manor Class 4-6-0 leaving shed ready for a day’s service.
“A Foreigner Abroad”. A locomotive portrait in more of a freely painted style this time, somewhat ‘looser’ than is often my habit.
This shows Ex-LMS Duchess “City of Bristol” off it’s home turf, having just passed under the Bishop’s Bridge Road bridge, having left Paddington with wat might be (despite the lack of a headboard) the Cornish Riviera Limited. She was on the Western Region in May 1955 to enable comparison of locomotive classes with wide fireboxes with the WR’s own ’Kings’. To that end, the leading vehicle is the Western’s dynamometer car.
Inspired by a photograph recently published by the Didcot Railway Centre, and painted using the Procreate painting app and finished with Adobe Photoshop.
A day off work today, partially spent in finishing off the locomotive portrait I’ve had on the go for the last couple of weeks. This is Ramsbottom’s London & North Western “Problem” Class, No 127 “Peel” seen later its life, though not yet fully rebuilt by Mr Webb (built 1862, scrapped 1905).
My latst railway portrait. This one is inspired by one of Ivo Peters’ photographs and show ex-GWR Castle, Hall and County classes awaiting their next turn of duty with a Standard 2mt tank in the distance – “Somewhere in England in the late 1950s”, or to be precise, Ivo’s original photograph was taken at Bristol Bath Road shed on the 16th of August 1959, though I’ve tried to capture more spirit than precise detail.