7 July 2014
RAILWAY GETS ICONIC PAINTING
At Great Dorset Steam Fair
Limited edition Prints
Arrival at NRM
During a visit to Ropley works
on 22 January to view progress on the cosmetic restoration
of steam locomotive No 34501 Winston
Churchill, the Mid Hants Railway was presented with
a print of the new painting The
ACE at Battledown which features 34051 and two other NRM
Philip D Hawkins, Colin Chambers, Ian Harrison, Jim Lester
Making the presentation, Dr Ian Harrison, Chairman of the South of England group of the Friends of the NRM said “The work now being carried out on the locomotive at Ropley will enable her to be exhibited at York next January, the 50th Anniversary of Sir Winston’s Funeral Train.”
Also present were Philip D
Hawkins, the artist of the painting and James Lester, fireman on
34051 on 30 January 1965 when the locomotive hauled the Funeral
Train from Waterloo Station to Long Hanborough in Oxfordshire, the
nearest station to Bladon where Sir Winston is buried. Philip also
made a presentation of print of another of his paintings of
locomotive No 34501, "Into the
Night". Philip is making a donation from sales of prints
of that picture to the 34051 appeal.
Colin Chambers holds "The ACE at Battledown", and Philip D Hawkins "Into the Night"
Colin Chambers, Chairman of Mid Hants Railway Ltd, said “The Mid Hants Railway is delighted to have been selected to carry out the restoration work. It is recognition by the National Railway Museum of the skills that the railway possesses and of the quality of the workmanship at Ropley. The Watercress Line is currently custodian of two other NRM locomotives – 850 Lord Nelson and 925 Cheltenham - and is proud to have the opportunity to undertake the work on Winston Churchill which will be seen by thousands of people over the period of the commemorative exhibition.
The presentations were made in front of No 850, Lord Nelson
The painting The ACE at Battledown depicts 34051 hauling the Atlantic Coast Express in 1960 at Battledown flyover near Basingstoke. Also in the picture are 35029 Ellerman Lines, currently at York, which was sectioned to demonstrate the interior workings of a steam locomotive; and 30777 Sir Lamiel, now part of the Museum’s operational steam fleet but once based in Basingstoke.
The presentation print, which
is one of only 10 “Publisher’s proofs”, will be on display
in the railway’s West Country Buffet at Alresford Station, which
is open on most days of the year. Limited Edition Prints of the
painting (available from Quicksilver Publishing) are being sold in
aid of the appeal to raise £44,000 for the cosmetic restoration of
order form is available here.