A4 sized print of ‘Royal George Delivers’ by Stephen Bainbridge for the Friends of the Stockton & Darlington Railway
Proceeds from the sale of this print will go towards the building of a replica Royal George locomotive in time for the 200th anniversary of the Stockton & Darlington Railway in 2025.
Stephen Bainbridge is a specialist railway artist living near the original 1825 route of the S&DR at Newton Aycliffe. The print shows Royal George delivering coal to the River Tees.
The print has a white border allowing space for a mount and comes with a cardboard backing. It is printed on 350gsm, 100% alpha cellulose, bright white, premium baryta inkjet coated paper conforming to archival standards. It is wrapped in cellophane for protection. It is ready to be mounted and framed – it will fit most standard A4 frames available in department stores and supermarkets and so is an economical way to own top class railway art.
This print is also available as a set of 6 greetings cards.
The Royal George was an important milestone in the development of locomotive power for railways. The first locomotives produced by Robert Stephenson & Co for the Stockton & Darlington Railway from 1825 were unreliable. Their track record was so bad that embryonic railways started to consider going back to horsepower. The Royal George was designed by Timothy Hackworth in 1827 and addressed many of these issues and became sufficiently successful to restore confidence in the railway and the locomotive as the source of power.