• Train on Time by Kevin Parrish

Original painting size 24inx18in (60cmx45cm) on board. 
Medium: Oils

This image was initially inspired by a photograph of Warwick Milverton Station I found online at warwickshirerailways.com. It showed the station at road level, (as above) probably taken in the late 1950`s. Living locally I also walk past the demolished station building every other day. 
I decide to create a busy period scene. 
We see people heading for the booking office, after early morning rain, in time to catch the express train arriving at the station. The locomotive is a Patriot Class hauling Stanier coaches on its way to Liverpool via Berkswell on the London North Western Railway. Passengers wait patiently at the bus stop for the next bus to Royal Leamington Spa, while a Morris Minor 1000 estate car emerges from under the viaduct traveling onto Warwick from Royal Leamington Spa town centre.
The history of the station is fascinating. The station opened in 1844 and was a terminus called Leamington, with a branch line to Coventry. The Rugby to Milverton (Leamington) Station line was opened in 1851. The station name changed many times during its life and finally became known as Leamington Spa (Milverton) for Warwick in 1952 by British Rail. 

Due to massive cuts in services by the government during the 1960's, the station was closed in 1965 and demolished in 1968. 
The station booking office we see at road level was damaged by an IRA bomb just prior to the outbreak of World War 2.

Print size: 420mm x 297mm • Open edition signed giclee print

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Train on Time by Kevin Parrish

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Tags: Patriot, Leamington