An exhibition celebrating the artwork of railway men and women was officially opened by the Mayor of Bolton Councillor Hilary Fairclough at the Platform Gallery on Bolton Station.
Les had also taken this image of the Pacer train at Hexham station with an amazing sunset drifting over the North of England. "Sun Setting on the 142's" he explained this was a perfect moment in relation to the Pacer trains retirement later this year.
Les has worked as a train driver for 31 years out of Newcastle especially on the Tyne Valley line and during his professional years feels the railway inspires him to take these wonderful photographs.
Stephen James a painter who works on the railway spoke of how he came to paint a lovely image of Botany Bay in Chorley. A canal scene with the old mill in the distance. He adds once a beautiful viaduct spanned across the water way.
The event is from 7th to 21st September, the station partnership will be running a series of talks, poetry readings and musical events celebrating railway culture. Paul Salveson (former Bolton signalman and railway guard) will give a talk on two talented but neglected railway worker-poets: signalman Walter Sinkinson and guard Joe Smythe.
The exhibition has parallels with the famous ‘Pitmen Painters’ of the Ashington coalfield in Northumberland. However, whilst little remains of the British mining industry, our railways are experiencing an era of growth. “It will be wonderful to highlight the artistic talent that exists today in Britain’s railways,” said Julie Levy.
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