LMS PATRIOT ENTERING LIVERPOOL LIME STREET STATION 1946 TO 1947
GICLEE PRINT OF ORIGINAL OIL-ON-CANVAS PAINTING
This painting shows a "Patriot" class steam locomotive coasting down the incline into Liverpool's Lime Street Station. It is wearing the final LMS post-war livery of deep black with maroon panels and straw lining. This fixes the time period between 1946 and 1947. This is also the time when the light signaling was newly installed and relatively clean. The "Patriots" were an attractive, successful design that had their origins in the LNWR "Claughtons" and ended with the LMS "Jubilees". None of the original locomotives were preserved. However, as I write, a new "Patriot" steam locomotive is being built, financed by donations from steam enthusiasts throughout Britain. It will be wonderful to see a "Patriot" operating in steam once again.
The photograph: This painting is inspired by a series of excellent black and white photographs taken by B.J. Blenkinsop in the 1950s. I carefully studied several photographs to outline the whole sweep of the scene. Pictures taken in Lime Street Station are rare. I could find none taken in the direction of the cutting that showed the original semaphore signals, so I chose locomotive and coaching stock liveries that fitted the 1946-47 time period.
The painting: The scene shows Lime Street cutting from the Lime Street Station perspective. It completes a series of paintings that shows the progression of trains leaving Lime Street Station. This painting shows the impressive earthworks that were dug by pick and shovel at the dawn of the railway age to enable the Liverpool and Manchester Railway to reach the center of Liverpool in 1830. Because I have not found a photograph of any "Patriot" in the pure 1946-47 LMS livery, and I populated the train with all-LMS coaches, this painting creates a scene that is mainly from my imagination. I chose to name and number the "Patriot" locomotive "Cearnarvon" because I have good friends that live close by that beautiful city.
This painting has other personal attachments. When my Uncle Wilf visited the USA in 2012, he asked if he and his wife, my Aunt Barbara could be included on the platform. I agreed and Uncle Wilf sent me a black and white photograph showing what he and Barbara looked like in 1946 when he was in the Royal Air Force (RAF). I gladly painted them in, partly in memory of Aunt Barbara, who died a few years ago. Also in the painting are likenesses of my brother John, his wife Amanda, with their two children Melody and Rowan, when they were eight and four years old. The two other imaginary men fill out the scene and do not match anyone that I know.
Now this view looks entirely different. In the 1960s the whole line to London was electrified. Gantries, power lines and insulators now clutter the scene. However, the earthworks and bridge arches are still impressive to see.