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Image of Black Five by Alan Gunston

Black Five by Alan Gunston


The challenge for Alan in representing this stalwart locomotive has been to translate the sheer brutal functionality of steam locomotive power through the sensitive medium of watercolours. The shapes, lines and reflections combine to make a dramatic statement.

The Black Five locomotive depicted is 45110, based at the Severn Valley Railway where it has spent much of its preservation life having been rescued from the cutter's torch by David Porter in 1968.

Its real claim to fame was its role as one of four locomotives which hauled the last main-line steam passenger train on British rail. It ran on 11 August 1968 from Liverpool to Manchester leg as a special excursion from Liverpool via Manchester to Carlisle and back. Two other Black Fives, 44781 and 44871 and Britannia Class 'Oliver Cromwell' were also used for the round trip.

This loco remains on display at the Severn Valley Railway today.

If you’d like to know a little more about this rather special class of locomotive, please visit KWVR for more information.

We've chosen a frame we think suits the work, and provided you with two images of this framed print in a standard size, so you can see how it will look on your wall. One is slightly 'warmer' looking; one is slightly more 'cool' looking, to reflect the different temperatures of light you might have in your home.

Curated frame (or choose your own bespoke frame, available on request):
Grey metallic, with square section.

Original medium: watercolour painting.
Dimensions: (not including mount and/or frame)
Small size: 22 cm x 30 cm
Large size: 32 cm x 43 cm

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