Cuneo – Probably the greatest ever railway artist – NRM has an unfortunate accident

I was in the National Railway Museum in York in the last week of June and little did I know that I would be one of the last people to photograph the magnificent Terrence Cuneo painting of London’s Waterloo Station intact!

You see on 28th June this huge painting suffered significant accidental damage, leaving an 8″ gash, when a piece of scenery for an event fell on it.

Here is the painting as I saw it on 25th June. It is truly magnificent both in detail and indeed size (it is 20ft by 10ft) and was commissioned by the Science Museum in 1967:-

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NRM's information board displayed below the painting

NRM’s information board displayed below the painting

A specialist conservator is advising NRM how to repair it and they seem confident of doing this.

The first photo is amongst my Flickr shots at:-
www.flickr.com/photos/86659476@N07/

The Duchesses – Princess Coronation Class Locomotive

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This is an excellent book by Andrew Roden which is well worth the read if you are interested in railways. These magnificent steam engines were, without doubt, the ultimate locomotives running in the UK.

And only a few weeks ago I had the opportunity to see one of only 3 preserved Duchesses at the National Railway Museum in York. The other two locos are City of Birmingham which is exhibited at Birmingham’s Thinktank and Duchess of Sutherland which is at the Midland Railway Centre. Only Sutherland is presently operational.

www.thinktank.ac/

www.midlandrailway-butterley.co.uk/home/

Here are a few shots that I took of Duchess of Hamilton:-

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A trick of the light in the NRM gives the impression that the tender and coach behind the loco are blue - They are both LMS Crimson Lake just like the Duchess

A trick of the light in the NRM gives the impression that the tender and coach behind the loco are blue – They are both LMS Crimson Lake just like the Duchess

A streamlined beauty

A streamlined beauty

These photos are amongst my Flickr shots at:-
www.flickr.com/photos/86659476@N07/