Steam trains are full of nostalgia and carry a wonderful
presence and atmosphere with them as they thunder through the
countryside. The clatter, clatter of the carriages on the rails,
the chuffing of the powerful engine itself, not mention the whistle
as it approaches imbue a wonderful magnificence.
In June 2016 hundreds of people came out to witness the
legendary steam locomotive the Flying Scotsman pass through the
The ‘Nations Favourite Locomotive’ as it is known
was completed in Doncastor, 24 February 1923 and designed by Sir
Nigel Gresley for the London to Edinburgh rail service that started
in 1862. The train has been fully restored over ten years at a cost
of 4.2 million.
As a local artist in Northamptonshire, I was inspired by
remarkable drone footage of the Scotsman, as it crossed the scenic
Harringworth viaduct, to undertake a new text based painting; text
is taken from the website www.flyingscotsman.org.uk and i used it
to create a collage of this awesome train.