Today I traveled out to Richmond Vale Railway and Mining Museum, to gather information on a project I’ve been working on in one form or another since the start of the year. It involves dressing a full sized operational steam locomotive in a style reminiscent of the specially decorated royal trains of the Edwardian period. The star of this particular show will be Marjorie, and 0-4-0 saddle tank built in 1938 that spent its working life shunting John Lysaghts’ works in Newcastle. Despite the fact she is quite small, at least in locomotive terms, its still going to be quite a big job. The wonderful volunteers I met today were kind enough to give me a head start, by lending me Marjorie’s ‘face’. Its a relic of a time when the demands of the owners of the ‘Thomas The Tank Engine brand’ were a little more accommodating of not-for-profit museums run entirely by volunteers. Hopefully this face is going to give me a head start on preparing the artwork for the smokebox door, as I have a little over a month until the install.

Its all going to be okay…probably…


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