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Railway Artist


 The selection of original paintings below were painted by Alan Fisher.

Alan now, 77 years old, was born in Handsworth Birmingham in 1937.

Alan completed his Army, Royal Artillery National Service 1959/61.

He started his working life in 1952 as a Letterpress Process Engravers Proofer then transferred to
Litho Proofing in 1981 until transferring to Litho Plate Making in 1989 eventually retiring in 2002.

After retiring Alan happened to visit an art exhibition run by Age UK in Great Barr Birmingham.
Having met the class members he was encouraged to go along and 'have a dabble' which he decided to do.
They met in a church hall at St John's - Perry Barr -  Birmingham and that's how it all started.

Alan had never lifted a paint brush before this chance meeting, during his retirement, and as you will see
from his paintings he has become a competent and prolific artist.

He still describes himself as an amateur but as you will see from his work he achieves breathtakingly superb
images that few could aspire to, as he creates the evocative atmosphere of those 'Glorious Years'.


The copyright of all of the images below belongs to Alan Fisher and no attempt to
copy or publish should be attempted without the artists written permission which can be
obtained through this website using the email address on the Homepage.

 THANKS TO MIKE MUSSON OF WARWICKSHIRE RAILWAYS WEBSITE FOR HELP WITH SOME OF THE SCANS

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COMPILED AND EDITED BY GEOFF POOLE
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Alan first approached this website requesting permission to paint a copy of a photograph by John Hobbs of a view by John of
Birmingham Snow Hill station in 1965.

John Hobbs gave his full permission - so Alan set about the task of trying to capture the feel of the 'cathedral of steam' which was Snow Hill in the
60's shown in John's photo, which even John tells me he feels Alan has achieved.

The photo shows "Manor" No. 7827 'Lydham Manor' and GWR 2-6-2 T No. 4178.


John's photo is reproduced below and then Alan's painting is shown below this and below this is the new painting with the corrected livery changes.

(Alan is aware of a couple of livery inaccuracies
and is in the process of correcting these - so watch this space!)


Alan has now corrected the inaccurate liveries mentioned above and the new scan is shown below but I have also left the original painting
as I think this is worthy of inclusion as it shows the artists original interpretation of the scene.


ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPH






ORIGINAL PAINTING






CORRECTED LIVERY CHANGES







Roger Carvell sent in a photo of 2MT class, 2-6-2T No. 84001 at Llandudno circa 63/64 taken by R.S. Carpenter, which is published on the Steam Collections page.
I thought it was very atmospheric and could possibly be the sort of image Alan Fisher could be interested in painting.
I'm pleased to say that Alan agreed with me and the original photo and Alan's breath-taking painting are shown below.










9303 in Tyseley shed.








New Street station 1928.










Ex-Rod 2-8-0 No. 3012 and GWR 2-6-2T No.4155 in Tyseley shed as a fireman operates the turntable.









Black Five 44659 prepares to depart Birmingham New Street with a train to Sheffield Midland on September 20th 1958 from
a photograph by Michael Mensings









Jubilee class 45579 "Punjab" leaves Birmingham New Street with a train to Gloucester on July 1st 1961.
Inspired by a photograph by Michael Mensings.










9F No. 92138 and Black Five No. 44691 inside one of Saltley shed roundhouses.
Inspired by a photograph by Alan Pratt.










Holbeck shed.









Manningham shed.










Manningham shed










Manningham shed.









9F No. 92087 easing on to the turntable at Saltley shed.









York shed.








York shed North.






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An inspiration to Alan is a railway photographer named Adrian Harris who specialises in railways in the Somerset and Devon areas.

 Adrian has a book out at the moment which can be obtained at Waterstones.

The following paintings are all by Alan Fisher from the photographs of Adrian Harris..

NORMAL COPYRIGHT RULES APPLY AND NO ATTEMPT TO COPY OR PUBLISH SHOULD BE ATTEMPTED WITHOUT WRITTEN PERMISSION FROM ALAN FISHER AND
ADRIAN HARRIS WHO CAN BE CONTACTED THROUGH THE EMAIL LINK ON THE HOMEPAGE















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