Pages from a sketchbook: The Daily image (16 Jan’ 2016)

As is already evident, I am interested in ‘things railway’ with particular emphasis of steam locomotives.  I especially like large articulated tank locomotives (of which there are various types and wheel arrangements). and inevitably these have appeared in my art. I am particularly interested in the Kitson-Meyer type of articulated locomotives, a little-known variant of articulated tank engine, a type most active in South America, and have posted two examples of this type of locomotive below. They belong to the Tickford Valley Railway Co. (London) Ltd. (TVR), an imagined narrow gauge railway line that is constructed through very hilly and difficult terrain in the western part of New Zealand’s North Island . A 1:148 scale representation of part of this railway (The ‘Kereru Branch’), has been constructed.

Michael Keith

STEAM LOCOMOTIVES

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KITSON-MEYER TYPE ARTICULATED LOCOMOTIVE

(Type 1. 0-6-6-0T)

(Tickford Valley Rly. Co. (London) Ltd.

Notes: Drawn with Black-ink Pigment Liner (.005 nib) on white cartridge paper.  Dimensions: 3 in. x 4.5 in.(76 mm x 114 mm).

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KITSON-MEYER TYPE ARTICULATED LOCOMOTIVE

(Type 3 . 0-6-6-0T)

(Tickford Valley Rly. Co. (London) Ltd.

Notes: Drawn with Black-ink Pigment Liner (.005 nib) on white cartridge paper.  Dimensions: 3 in. x 4.5 in.(76 mm x 114 mm).

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Pages from a sketchbook: The Daily image (16 Jan’ 2016)

The Daily Images (14 Jan’ 2016)

GOLD MINING

‘Art’ takes many forms, not all of them necessarily mono-dimensional.  For many years I have been a model railway enthusiast, using 1: 148 scale (‘British’ N-scale) to reproduce in miniature the sorts of things that could be seen in the ‘full-sized’ world.  An example of this appears below. It depicts the battery (also known as a ‘reduction-works’) of the Kaisers Reef (Hauraki) Gold Mining Co. Ltd.   In common with many of my efforts it is fictional in concept, although based on actual similar plants and is technically-accurate in what it portrays.   It is included for your viewing pleasure as it is a verifiable ‘work of art’ , albeit in three dimensional form; the colours and techniques used in creating the model forming (at least in my opinion) a cohesive whole, and contributing to the over-all narrative.

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Kaisers Reef (Hauraki) G. M. Co. 40-stamp Battery and cyanide plant

Notes: Scale: 1:148.

Dimensions:  13 in. x 13.5 in. x  5 in.

Materials used: Mixed media.

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STEAM LOCOMOTIVES

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 New Zealand Government Rlys. Dept. Class Wb.

These were a small tank locomotive of 2-6-4T wheel arrangement, and were used on light track  and suburban service.

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The Daily Images (14 Jan’ 2016)

Pages from a sketchbook: THE DAILY IMAGES 13 JAN’ 2016

Today’s images portray a the surface workings of the Toi Toi Creek Gold Mining Co. Ltd. a fictional gold mining organisation  located ‘Somewhere on New Zealand’s Coromandel Peninsula, and an example of an actual New Zealand  Government  Railways Ub class mixed traffic locomotive, as used on railway tracks  in that country’s South Island. Thank you for visiting.

Michael Keith

GOLD MINING

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TOI TOI CREEK G.M.Co. LTD.

Pen and Ink image of the No.2 shaft and Poppett head (Headframe) of the Toi Toi Creek Gold. Mining. Co. Ltd.

‘The shaft was sunk to access the Anteater Reef  and is currently 400 ft deep. Five levels (numbered A, B, C, D  and E, and of varying lengths), have been driven off the shaft, with C and D levels encountering the reef system and currently on good gold. Levels D and E are currently being extended, with a view to exploring  more of the Company’s leases in the hope of locating other reefs holding similar or better values’.

Notes: Drawn with a Pigment liner with an 0.3-sized tip, on Cartridge paper.  Image measures 3 in x 4.5 in. (76 mm x 114 mm).

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STEAM LOCOMOTIVES

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NEW ZEALAND GOVERNMENT RAILWAYS CLASS Ub.

This class of locomotive (with a wheel arrangement of 4-6-0) was constructed by Baldwin Locomotive Co. (USA) and was used as a ‘Mixed traffic’ engine in New Zealand’s South Island. 

Notes: Drawn with a Bic ‘Finepoint’ black ballpoint pen on Cartridge paper.  Image measures 3 in x 4.5 in. (76 mm x 114 mm).

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Pages from a sketchbook: THE DAILY IMAGES 13 JAN’ 2016