Legendary locomotives and the regions they served have been reimagined in Great Western Railway’s (GWR) first colouring book, featuring locomotives built in Swindon’s famed railway works – and you have the chance to win one of two copies, thanks to GWR.
‘Iron Horses of the West’ has been created in partnership by Bristol-based urban street artist Andy Council, with help from train enthusiasts. It celebrates the art of ‘ferroequinology’ – the study of railways, and the locomotive ‘Iron Horses’ that traversed them.
Each of the designs illustrated by Andy was inspired by the top locomotives that travelled the GWR tracks. Some were chosen for their timeless appeal, like the GWR King Class, and others for their speed, such as the GWR City Class – the first engine ever to travel at more than 100mph. Both are famed products of Swindon and now on display at Steam, the town’s Museum of the Great Western Railway.
The book also features the forthcoming Super Express Train from Hitachi, due to come into service with the company in 2017.
Building on the popularity, and zeitgeist, for adult colouring books, ‘Iron Horses of the West’ champions not only the creativity of the South West but also the trains that serve it.
More details of the artwork can be found below, but if you want to enter our competition to win a copy of this very collectable colouring book with a box of colouring pencils tastefully displaying the GWR logo, mail us your details email@example.com
The competition will run until mid-June to allow readers of Swindon Link magazine to enter the draw. In the meantime, if you enter, we will include your email to receive our weekly newsletter roundup of news at www.swindonlink.com
Pictured top by Richard Wintle of Calyx, Elaine Arthurs, Assistant Curator for Museums and Heritage at Swindon Borough Council, holding up the colouring book in front of King George V at Steam, and below, resisting the urge to start colouring in the children’s play area in the museum
The locomotives and artwork featured in the ‘Iron Horses of the West’ colouring book are:
• ‘The Star that Lit the Way’ featuring the Star Class Locomotive (1838): The first steam locomotives built for the GWR – The first of the ‘Star’ class arrived in 1837, and worked the first ever GWR service on 31 May 1838.
• ‘Up and Away!’ featuring the King Class Locomotive (1927): ‘King’ Class was the ultimate in GWR steam engines – being the largest and most powerful ever designed for the company. The design was used on the heaviest, fastest services out of Paddington, right up until the introduction of diesels in the early 1960s. The most famous of them all is now on display as part of the Swindon 175 anniversary events at STEAM, Museum of the Great Western Railway in Swindon.
• ‘Thunder at the Cliff Face’ featuring the Western Diesel Hydraulic (1961): Commonly known as ‘Westerns’, these large and attractive locomotives, with their distinctive cabs and clean lines, were the backbone of the region’s express trains in the 1960s and early 1970s.
• ‘The Golden Spires of Truro’ featuring the City Class Locomotive (1902): Iconic and built in the early 1900s. The City Class trains became the first engine ever to travel at more than 100mph, reaching a reputed speed of 102.3mph between Exeter and Taunton in 1904. This train can presently be also be seen at STEAM, the Museum of the Great Western Railway.
• ‘London’s Calling’ featuring the Super Express Train (Coming next year): The fastest ever GWR train, manufactured by Hitachi – the suppliers of the famous Japanese bullet train – and set to arrive on the Great Western network in 2017. Capable of running on electric or diesel, the engineered work of art will be transporting passengers in style on long distance journeys from Paddington.
• ‘The Sea View’ featuring the High Speed Train (1976): One of the fastest diesel trains in the world and the backbone of the UK’s long distance train travel for over 40 years.
‘Iron Horses of The West’ reignites GWR’s much loved legacy of producing iconic and collectible memorabilia and is now available on selected services (while stocks last).