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The Flying Scotsman almost finished

All the basics are now in place, the fine details and tidying up remain, in particular the Flying Scotsman herself, the Pullman coaches and the Royal Albert Bridge.

This new steam train painting is very different to the previous “train on a bridge” I have painted!   fs_13.06.09_IMG_5243_d.jpg

That was “Lady of the Lake” pulling the afternoon express from Holyhead to Chester in 1863 http://www.frickers.co.uk/marine-art/chester.html 

over a bridge built by another legendary person, no lesser person than the famous Robert Stevenson (of the engine “Rocket fame).

The “railway” part of Port of Chester was researched with the help of  The Merseyside Model Railway Society as our  primary research facility.

An introduction being made by senior member Mr George Winterburn and Mr Rodney James, the society librarian.

The club,  Merseyside Model Railway Society has 32 rooms and with over 200 members.

It is one of the foremost in Britain, renowned for the accuracy and detail of it’s museum quality work..

In turn Gordon was able to help the club with some issues over colours of old rolling stock, questions long unanswered, carriges  as shown in B/w photos; colour and paint being Gordon’s  forte.


The “Port of Chester” was a large painting by today’s standards, 5 feet across, there is a delightful detail on the web page of “Lady of the Lake” on Robert Stevenson steel girder bridge.

You can read up on the Robert Stevenson bridge and Lady of the Lakeon page http://www.frickers.co.uk/marine-art/chester_extra.html.

We still have a few copies left of the fascinating signed print of this painting, it even has permission for the Chester Coat of arms in the margin, very unique!

You can order a copy securely online from our page:


We anticipate this painting of the Flying Scotsman will be published some time in the next 3 or 4 months so if you would like a copy contact us ASAP and we will keep you posted or keep watching this blog.