G.J. CHURCHWARD-
NORTH STAR
2001
 
ACRYLIC
30" x 24", 76 cms x 60cms
4250
 
  In the first years of the 20th century, the Chief Mechanical Engineer of the Great Western Railway, G.J. Churchward needed to develop a new generation of locomotives. The company bought some French 4-4-2 Atlantics, then the most powerful in Europe to study. Churchward's new design, originally also a 4-4-2 but fairly soon changed to a 4-6-0 was equally powerful but much simpler to construct and drive. The 'Star' class (of which 'North Star' was the first) was the forerunner of the hugely successful 'Castle' and 'King' classes that made G.W.R. express trains world-famous.