Coming south

Happy 2010, everyone! I spent New Year’s Eve in York with friends, so naturally I took the opportunity to call in to the National Railway Museum, as there were a few things I wanted to see (as well as reminding myself what a cool museum it is).

Just before Christmas, I described my journey north, from King’s Cross station all the way to South Shields. I showed you the NRM’s wonderful picture, Going North, King’s Cross Station, by George Earl, so I was thrilled to examine it in the flesh while there. I hadn’t seen it for a few years; it’s sumptuous, and worth a visit just by itself.

Going North, Kings Cross Station, by George Earl, 1893 (NRM / Pictorial Collection / Science & Society)

'Going North, King's Cross Station', by George Earl, 1893 (NRM / Pictorial Collection / Science & Society)

Going North was one of a pair painted by Earl in the 1890s. Its counterpart, Coming South, Perth Station, is on show too. They depicted the British establishment heading to the Scottish estates in August to hunt, and they’re exceedingly rich in detailed information about life at the height of the railway age.

Coming South, Perth Station, by George Earl, 1895 (NRM / Pictorial Collection / Science & Society)

'Coming South, Perth Station', by George Earl, 1895 (NRM / Pictorial Collection / Science & Society)

I also showed you previously this lovely poster of my home town:

South Shields railway poster (NRM / Pictorial Collection / Science & Society)

South Shields railway poster (NRM / Pictorial Collection / Science & Society)

While I was up there over Christmas, I tried to recreate the view, but this was the best I could manage (and I forgot my camera, so this a camera-phone shot). Somehow, the glamour seems to have faded just a little…

South Shields beach, 28 December 2009 (David Rooney)

South Shields beach, 28 December 2009 (David Rooney)

I made it back down south safely, but by the looks of things, I got here just in time. Be careful out there in the snow, won’t you?

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