How to Paint a Steam Loco • Flying Scotsman • BBCTV4

Screen Shot 2016-08-28 at 11.07.09 AMOne of the things I like about railways is the specific typography associated with transport networks.

I love it all: road signs, underground posters, and railway architecture. I especially like the traditions of hand-painted lettering on old steam trains. I quite life the fabric on old buses too.

BBCTV repeated a short film about the recent restoration of the Flying Scotsman engine. The film had a number of lovely sequences that showed the effort that goes into painting it just right.

For most of the film, the engine is in war paint from WW2; that’s matt black all over. The picture, above, shows a detail of the numbers, painted with shadows and shading.

Lovely work.

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