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1947 was the last summer of private ownership of British transport, as the railways and waterways were nationalised on the 1st of January 1948 becoming British Railways and British Waterways.
On a sunny day in 1947, Great Western Railway 'Castle' class 4-6-0 No. 5080 'DEFIANT' makes leisurely progress as it crosses the canal, watched by a family group on the towpath.
As with all Gibsons jigsaws, the beautifully illustrated pieces are made from the highest quality 100% recycled board and therefore a pleasure to work with again and again.
A little about the artist
Barry Freeman was born in Northampton in 1937. Following ten years in the Royal Navy and several years in the electronics and aviation industry, he took up teaching, drawing and painting before early retirement gave him the opportunity to become a professional artist. An avid railway enthusiast since childhood, his combined love of art and railways is reflected in the detailed paintings in which he now specialises. In 1995, Barry was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and is a former deputy president of the Guild of Railway Artists.
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