In today's post - 16th May 2011 - I am using two photographs of wooden jigsaw puzzles, both featuring 'King 25' in BR blue livery. Both jigsaws are from my collection of nearly four hundred puzzles, all featuring British steam railways.
The first pic shows a Victory puzzle of approximately 120 pieces from the TP3 series. Charles Collett's giant 4-6-0 'King' class is represented by No.6025 King Henry III, in BR 'Garter' blue livery. The title is Western Region Express. This locomotive graced GWR and, later, BR Western Region 'metals', from 1930 to 1957. Vic Welch produced the original artwork; he was a famous railway artist of the time who produced many works for Ian Allan. Welch's work was prominent in widely read Ian Allan publications such as 'Railways Illustrated' and 'Railway World'.
The second picture shows a 80-piece jigsaw from the Ian Allan company and features the same locomotive in the darker 'Royal' blue livery. The artist is A. N. Wolstenholme. The title is not on the box, unfortunately, but could be as follows - King class 4-6-0 heading a BR Express. This painting differs in style from Vic Welch's example as it displays a more indistinct, slightly abstract backdrop.
Both jigsaws show the locomotive carrying the early BR 'cycling lion' logo (1948-1956) and heading BR 'carmine and cream' passenger coaches.
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