Barry Freeman GRA

Royal Scot by Barry Freeman

Barry Freeman was born in Northampton in 1937. He had ten years service in the Royal Navy and several more in the electronics and aviation industries. He then taught drawing and painting for eighteen years and then concentrated on his painting career full time from 1989.
An avid railway enthusiast since early childhood, his combined love of art and railways is reflected in the detailed paintings in which he now specialises. He works mainly in oils taking up to two months to complete a painting - a similar amount of time being spent on research in the personal library of books and photographs he has built up over the years.

The Royal Scot

'Princess Coronation' class Pacific No. 46232 'Duchess of Montrose' makes a cautious transit of Rugby with the southbound 'Royal Scot'.
On the old Great Central 'Birdcage' bridge, a BR 9F 2-10-0 passes with a 'windcutter' coal train bound for Woodford Halse.

The Rare Bird

A dull and damp Peterborough North during the summer of 1951. Ex LNER A4 class 'Pacific' No. 60024 'Kingfisher' briefly lights up the afternoon as it appears out of the gloom with a southbound express.

End of an Era

A sunny afternoon during the glorious summer of 1947, shortly before the railways and waterways were nationalised.
GWR 'Castle' class 4-6-0 crosses the 'Meccano' bridge at Tettenhall, near Wolverhampton, with a train of empty stock.

New Forest Junction

The 'Bournemouth Belle' races through Brockenhurst in July 1957, hauled by 'Merchant Navy' class 'Pacific' No. 35012 'United States Lines'.