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Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Two more from Cheatwell Games

Today's post, 16th January 2017, features the remaining two, 250-piece  jigsaws from the Cheatwell Games' Sight and Sound set of four (in one box) - the first two were featured in the previous post. The set  of four all replicate the artwork of Barry G. Price and a CD of sound recordings of steam trains is also included in the box.












The first photograph (left) depicts an 'A4' class 4-6-2 locomotive designed by LNER Chief Mechanical Engineer (Sir) Nigel Gresley, No.60022 Mallard. The latter still holds the world record for a steam locomotive at 126 mph. The class of 35 were built between 1935 and 1938. The title of the puzzle  is Mallard. The title of the same artwork, available as a print from various Internet sources, is Mallard at Cockburn's Path. The class was well known  for speed and Mallard is pictured on express passenger duties. Six locos are preserved; two in USA/Canada, four in the UK (including Mallard).

The second jigsaw shows a 'Castle' class 4-6-0 locomotive designed by GWR Chief Mechanical Engineer Charles Collett, No.7005 Sir Edward Elgar, re-named in 1957, (previously named Lamphy Castle). The class of 171 were built in batches over 27 years, 1923 to 1950. The title of the puzzle is Castles and Pannier Tanks, as a small 0-6-0 pannier tank locomotive, No.9626  is also included to the right of the jigsaw picture. The title of Price's artwork, available as a print from various Internet sources, is Sonning Cutting. No.7005 is also pictured hauling an express passenger train; the pannier tank is on freight duties. Several examples of both classes are preserved on our Heritage Railways / Museums etc.



Thursday, 12 January 2017

Two of Four from Cheatwell Games

Before I begin this post let me wish all the supporters/viewers of this blog, a very happy and healthy New Year.

This first post of 2017, 12th January, features two jigsaws from a set of 4 examples from Cheatwell Games. The remaining two will form the basis for my next post.The Sight and Sound collection includes, in one box, four 250-piece jigsaw puzzles replicating the artwork of Barry G. Price, and a CD of sound recordings of steam trains. Two of the jigsaws are described here.

The first shows 'Black Five' 4-6-0 locomotive, No.45360, designed by (Sir) William Stanier, heading a passenger train through some glorious countryside, on a single line. The location could possibly be Scotland - the 'Jacobite' running between Fort William and  Mallaig; but no specific details are given. The description on the reverse of the jigsaw box refers to the puzzle as Black Fives whereas Price's original painting has the title Stanier Black Five, mid 1950's. The huge class, '5MT', comprising 842 mixed traffic locomotives, were seen all over the London Midland & Scottish (LMS) region, on all types of duty. In later steam days, they were spread over much of the BR network. Several are preserved and running on our Heritage Railways.



The second picture features a 'Hall' class 4-6-0 locomotive No.4930 Hagley Hall,  designed by Charles Collett for the Great Western Railway (GWR). This title also appears on the reverse of the box although the title of Price's original painting is Hagley Hall, GWR. The '4900' class comprised 259 mixed traffic locomotives. No. 4930 is pictured on passenger duties, crossing a metal bridge spanning a river, probably on the Severn Valley Railway, where it is based. The loco is currently under restoration. Several of the class are preserved on UK Heritage Railways.