David Noble GRA

Newcastle Railway Station in 1961

Leaving school in 1960 Dave worked at a local colliery for 12 years as an electrician, all the time painting and sketching his experiences in the dangerous working environment of the coal mine.

He won a scholarship to Ruskin College, Oxford and left the pit in 1972, completing his studies at Oxford and Hull Universities in 1978, after which he took up teaching at Rotherham College - Ironically, none of his teaching posts were art related!

His love of steam engines and railways in general were directly inspired by his childhood experiences at Mexborough loco shed, where his father worked as a driver right up until the shed's closure in 1965.

Now retired, he devotes more time to painting and drawing, whilst keeping busy fulfilling many commissions.

Dave has exhibited his paintings widely, including one-man exhibitions in Holland, Pickering and Elsecar.


A Tight Fit

British Railways Class 9F locomotives inside West Hartlepool engine shed in the early 60s.

As It Was

Nearing the end of the line, but still graceful.

Four Old Gals

A BR class 9F thunders by overhead without even turning a head.
South Yorkshire, Circa 1958.

Pickering Station NYMR

Stanier Black Five 45407 (Lancashire Fusiliers) prepares to work a train to Whitby.

Rush Hour

A ancient Wainwright 0-6-0 C class freight loco is prepared for duties - keeping company with more modern engines of British Railways, Southern and LMS designs.

Steel Shires

British Railways class 9F - the ubiquitous heavy horse of the 1950's and 60's railway scene.

Bengal Waits At Hereford

Stanier 4-6-0 Jubilee 'Bengal' waits for a clear road at Hereford in the winter of 1963.

Apollo At Newcastle

Britannia pacific 'Apollo' meets Gresley A3 'Blink Bonny' at Newcastle Station.

The Other Woman

Early 60's scene along side the West Coast main line.