MIDLAND KIRTLEY AT GREAT ROCKS TUNNEL 1920 TO 1924
GICLEE PRINT OF DIGITALLY MODIFIED VERSION OF OIL-ON-CANVAS ORIGINAL PAINTING
The Kirtley 2-4-0 steam locomotive was converted into its final condition as shown in 1920. It was out-shopped at that time in fully-line Midland red livery. It would have run in that livery for at least three more years, until its first overhaul under LMS ownership, when it would have been painted in LMS lined black livery as shown in the original oil on canvas painting.
The photograph: The black and white photograph on which this painting was based was taken by a photographer that is unknown to me, because he was not named in the associated text caption.
The painting: The locomotive retained its number 84 from 1907 to its withdrawal in 1932, so I have created a digital rendering of it in Midland lined red livery. There are no color images of any of these locomotives from the early 1920s. From my collection of magazines, I could find only one color image of a similar preserved locomotive taken in 1961 in Midland livery that had some working grime on it. As a hard working engine, it would not have been cleaned and polished to the highest standard all the time after the First World War. I have digitally applied a slightly grimy Midland lined red livery to the locomotive in this image.
It is the closest I can come to showing how this locomotive would have looked, double heading a train out of Great Rocks Tunnel circa 1922.