Today's post, 13th June 2011, comprises two pics showing the most powerful British passenger steam locomotives, the 'Princess Coronation' class, designed by William Stanier.The class of thirty eight was built for the LMS between 1937 and 1948; the locomotives were an improved version of the previous Stanier 'Pacifics', the 'Princess Royal' class.
Pic number one features the now preserved No.46233 Duchess of Sutherland, in a superb, 1000-piece jigsaw from Waddingtons.The locomotive is complete with equally handsome 'Royal Scot' headboard and is about to depart Euston for Scotland. The title of the puzzle is Nearing Departure and the original, superb artwork is by Malcolm Root.
Another brilliant (probably the best) railway artist, Terene Cuneo, was responsible for the original canvas reproduced as a jigsaw in the second pic. Titled Duchess of Hamilton on Shed, the now preserved loco, No.46229, is depicted in a railway shed setting, complete with the ambience associated with such a location. The wooden puzzle is by Wentworth and is of 500 pieces.
I must add that these two puzzles are among my all time favourites, magnificent artwork reproduced as superb products.