Pacific at night is public’s favourite painting at railway artists’ show

By Geoff Courtney

A DRAMATIC scene of LMS Princess Coronation Pacific No. 46235 City of Birmingham storming through the night under a leaden sky was the public’s overwhelming favourite at the Guild of Railway Artists’ annual Railart exhibition, which closed on September 30.

The oil painting, by guild president John Austin, won the exhibition’s Picture of the Year award, which is voted on by visitors. John also scooped second place with his work of GWR Castle 4-6-0 No. 5072 Hurricane on an express at Kidderminster, and third place went to Malcolm Root’s depiction of LNER F5 class 2-4-2T No. 67200 on an Ongar train at Epping.

Night-time express: John Austin’s painting of LMS Princess Coronation Pacific No. 46235 City of Birmingham won the Picture of the Year award at Railart 2018, held at Kidderminster Railway Museum throughout September.

The leading watercolour in the poll was of a Class 37 diesel at Grangemouth by James Green.

The exhibition was held at Kidderminster Railway Museum, and is an opportunity every year for enthusiasts and the general public alike to enjoy the work of some of the most talented railway artists in the world.

There were 52 paintings on show, in watercolour, oil, acrylic, charcoal and other media, with many of them being on sale. It ran for five weeks, and was opened by Chris Hughes, a regular on BBC TV’s Eggheads quiz programme and a keen supporter of the LMS-Patriot project which is building No. 5551 The Unknown Warrior.

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