I now live in Medway, Kent, UK, but my formative years were spent to the south of London, between Morden and Sutton, and I would often cycle to one of the footbridges at the south-west end of Wimbledon Station and enjoy the steam hauled main line trains thundering underneath me. I also visited the Talyllyn and Ffestiniog railways while on holiday with my parents in the early sixties.
My real interest in railways dates from a visit to the Bluebell Railway, Sussex, in 1974 and I decided wanted to learn a lot more. This led me to visit Camden library, which was near my work place, and read my way through their stock of books on steam locomotives and railway history. At the same time I became a member of the Bluebell Railway Preservation Society and visited other steam railways around the country.
|An early illustration – GWR 4054 Princess Charlotte.|
Being (what was then called) a commercial artist working in advertising I started producing drawings of steam locomotives during the late seventies. To start with they were ink line drawings with flat colour added, but later more detail was added and an airbrush employed to make them three-dimensional. After a break I came back to illustrating locomotives – this time using the technology I was now using in my everyday work which has enabled the production of the highly detailed artworks you see today.
One of my earlier illustration of the Bluebell Railway's locomotive Stepney was printed and sold to benefit the railway; copies are still on sale in the shop at Sheffield Park Station. I have also produced various graphics for the society.
|34059 Sir Archibald Sinclair's nameplate crest.||Plaque used when 21C123 is renamed O.V.S. Bulleid.|
My involvement with the Bluebell led to being asked to produce the artwork for Battle of Britain Class, No. 34059 Sir Archibald Sinclair's enamelled plaques. Although I had one of the originals as a guide this was damaged so I needed to do some research to produced the new artwork. Later I produced the artwork for the shields which are fitted to No. 21C123 Blackmoor Vale when renamed OVS Bulleid to honour the locomotive's designer. I also look after the Bulleid Society's web site.
In 2004 I produced the black and white line drawings for John Harvey's book on the Bulleid Merchant Navy Pacifics – published by Ian Allan.
I also designed Southern Locomotives Ltd's web site, and produced prints of their Bulleid locomotives; No. 34053 Sir Keith Park, No. 34072 257 Squadron and No. 34028 Eddystone. At present the prints of No. 34072 257 Squadron and No. 34028 Eddystone are for Southern Locomotives Ltd's exclusive use.
|No.34081 92 Squadron's nameplate crest. The original is on the right with the new one on the left.|
Recently I produce the artwork for the new squadron plaques to be used on the Battle of Britain Locomotive Society's locomotive No. 34081 92 Squadron. The production of the vitreous enamelled plaques was done by Burnham Signs (now part of the Stocksigns group) which is in fact the company who original produced the Merchant Navy centre plaques and the Light Pacific shields and plaques for the Southern Railway.
I have also worked with various O gauge model manufactures, supplying drawings and graphics.