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A moment in time 3000 views on 14/12/2014

My graphite pencil drawing is of a Type 9F at full steam on a line in Yorkshire.

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When I was young I lived in a village, in Yorkshire, that was a train spotters dream and during the steam era, every young boy was a train spotter and dreamed of being a train driver.

The village played host to two of the largest rail companies in the country ie LNER – London and North Eastern Region and LMS – London, Midland, Southern. Together with a cross country line the crossing lines made a triangle that allowed the trains on all 3 lines to be watched.

This was the time of the great steam engines eg Mallard and Flying Scotsman and all rail companies were trying to achieve the fastest speed from their trains and these trains thundering through the village at colossal speeds were a highlight not to be missed.
All to soon the steam locomotives were to be replaced by electric and diesel engines and steam engines were phased out. The final class of engine to be built for British Rail was the type 9F, a 2-10-0 designed by Robert Riddles during the 1950s, which was intended for use on fast, heavy freight trains over long distances. It was one of the most powerful steam locomotive types ever constructed in Britain, and successfully performed its intended duties – pulling anything up to 1600 tons.
At various times during the 1950s, the 9Fs worked passenger trains with great success, indicating the versatility of the design, sometime considered to represent the ultimate in British steam development and even today they still perform a useful service in private hands.
The last of the class, 92220 Evening Star, was the final steam locomotive to be built by British Railways, in 1960 but a further 9F was completed in 2010 (Tornado) by a private syndicate and is now in operation.

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  • Monica Engeler
    Monica Engelerover 3 years ago

    This is wonderful work. The detail is amazing.

  • Many thanks Monica :)
    Your comments are very much appreciated, it took me ‘quite’ a time before I was able to declare this drawing complete :)

    – Dennis Melling

  • Samohsong
    Samohsongover 3 years ago

    Beautiful work Dennis! Very detailed. ~Sam

  • Thank you Sam :)
    I try and get in as much detail as possible and am not in any hurry to finish any of my pictures.
    Perhaps if I was selling them I might speed up a bit :)

    – Dennis Melling

  • W. H. Dietrich
    W. H. Dietrichover 3 years ago

    This is real nice Dennis. Good perspective.Great job.

  • Many thanks :)
    I drew the locomotive first to show the power and beauty of the old steam locos and then put in the remainder as a worthy support :)

    – Dennis Melling

  • maggie326
    maggie326over 3 years ago

    OMG This is awesome Dennis wonderful image and great detail

  • Thank you Maggie :)
    I haven’t heard my drawings described with OMG before but they were certainly ‘Gods’ to a large part of the population, in their day.
    Thank you for the favourite and your wonderful comments.

    – Dennis Melling

  • Pam Humbargar
    Pam Humbargarover 3 years ago

    Outstanding drawing…so detailed…a beautiful work!

  • Many thanks Pam :)

    I really appreciate your comments.


    – Dennis Melling

  • LordTemplar
    LordTemplarover 3 years ago

    Excellent work Dennis!

  • Thank you indeed :)

    I thoroughly enjoyed working on this subject.



    – Dennis Melling

  • PhotosByHealy
    PhotosByHealyover 3 years ago

    Again, an amazing image. Love the detail.


  • Thank you Gene :)

    This is my most favourite of all my drawings and paintings, both for the image itself and also being a part of my past life.


    – Dennis Melling

  • haytham hossam
    haytham hossamover 3 years ago


  • :0

    Glad you like it.


    – Dennis Melling

  • linmarie
    linmarieover 3 years ago

    your works are amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! peace and love linmarie

  • Many thanks Linmarie :)
    The majority of my works reflect my own personal history and experiences and as such my mind goes back to the time of the experience as I draw or paint.
    Glad that you like the results.

    – Dennis Melling

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sediciover 3 years ago

    June 14th, 2011
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  • Wonderful Mary :)
    To see my train steaming into the honours list :)

    – Dennis Melling

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