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West Highland Line - Merriott

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West Highland Line - Merriott Summary

Title - The West Highland Line - Observation Coach Train at Lochy Viaduct near Fort William.
Location
- Inverlochy, Fort William, Inverness-shire Highland, Scotland.
Artist
- Jack Merriott (1901-1968).

Description
- This is one of the original "beavertail" observation cars which had been used on the pre-war famous "Coronation" streamlined high speed trains between London and Edinburgh. It was transferred to the West Highland Line for services to Mallaig in 1956, and was rebuilt in 1959 to provide better viewing from inside, so this dates the poster to between those years, and it was probably produced to coincide with the start of the service in 1956. The view is of the small viaduct over the River Lochy as the train approaches the outskirts of Fort William on the other side, and is very similar today, with the addition of a footbridge next to the railway. Old Inverlochy Castle is just behind the train, and Ben Nevis is soaring into the clouds to the left of centre.

Year Published - c1956
Size - Quad Royal  (approx 50 x 40in or 127 x 102cm)

Other Details:
Original Vintage British Railway Travel Poster.
Published by British Railways (Scottish Region)  B 25762
Printed in Great Britain by Stafford & Co Ltd, Netherfield, Nottingham

Condition Grade and Condition Report:
Grade: B+, un-conserved.
Folds, central top 2 inch tear with acid-free tape on rear, minor fox spotting in margins mainly at bottom edge, a little minor creasing. Close-up photos available on request.

More About The Artist:
Jack Merriott was a landscape and portrait painter, who used both oil and watercolour media. He lectured widely, wrote and illustrated related books, and was vice president of the RI. He produced artwork for quite a number of railway posters.

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