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 Lake“on 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.
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