A5 sized set of 6 greetings cards of ‘Royal George Delivers’ by Stephen Bainbridge for the Friends of the Stockton & Darlington Railway
Proceeds from the sale of these cards 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 cards show Royal George delivering coal to the River Tees.
These greetings cards are also available as an A4 print.
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.