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Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Stanier and Gresley 'Pacifics'

This post, 11th December 2012, comprises two jigsaw pictures showing large 4-6-2 ('Pacific') express locomotives designed by two of the greatest mechanical engineers, Sir William Stanier and Sir Nigel Gresley. The knighthoods give some indication of the huge contribution made by both of these men to locomotive engineering.
The  first jigsaw picture shows a Stanier 'Princess Coronation' class 'Pacific' locomotive, No 46229 Duchess of Hamilton in an engine shed setting, at a coaling plant; the artwork was by Terence Cuneo (1907-1996). The locomotive was one of Cuneo's favourites and is, of course, part of the National Collection in York. Cuneo was the most famous railway artist of the twentieth century. His slightly impressionistic style was favoured by many art lovers - railway enthusiasts or not - including the most discerning of art critics. Although I remain a Great Western Railway (GWR) man at heart, I must admit that this London Midland Scottish (LMS) 'Pacific' design, introduced in 1937, is my favourite among many handsome contempories. The jigsaw is a 500-piece wooden example from Wentworth titled Duchess of Hamilton on Shed. Apologies for using this picture for a second time on the blog but I think it is justified in this context.

The second jigsaw picture shows an equivalent locomotive from the LNER, one of Gresley's 'A4' class of 'Pacifics'. These locomotives, introduced in 1935,  were very fast with one of the class, No.4468 Mallard, holding the world speed record at 126mph. The jigsaw is a 500-piece example from Moat House Products replicating excellent artwork from David M. West. The locomotive in the picture is No.60017 Silver Fox heading the Kings Cross - Edinburgh, non-stop, 'The Captals Limited' service. The scene is painted in British Railways (BR) days, after 1948.