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DB Cargo UK employee puts his ‘stamp’ on history with railway painting

Professional artist and DB Cargo UK’s Ian Cryer has painted his way into history as his picture of a railway service will feature in Royal Mail’s latest Post & Go stamp issue.

Ian’s oil painting of postal staff working aboard the last ever Travelling Post Office (TPO), has been chosen to feature in the Royal Mail Heritage: Transport ‘Post & Go’ stamp series. The new issue, called ‘Rail and Mail’, has been produced as part of Royal Mail’s 500 year anniversary celebrations.

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Ian Cryer, Professional Artist and Guard at DB Cargo UK, said:

“It is an honour to see my painting recreated as a one of Royal Mail’s Post & Go stamps. I am a lifelong rail enthusiast so it’s wonderful to combine this interest with painting.”

Ian created the masterpiece in 2003 after hearing that the Travelling Post Office services were ending. Incredibly, the painting was created at 90mph as Ian travelled on a service from Plymouth to Bristol. It was completed in the railway sidings and at the Royal Mail depot at Bristol Parkway, where workers posed during their night shift.

A commemorative print of the painting was presented to over 500 members of staff when the TPO services finished.

Ian has been painting professionally and exhibiting for over 40 years and is president of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters. He has also worked as a Guard on charter services operated by DB Cargo UK for the past 11 years, first becoming involved in the business when he was commissioned to paint rail services for the company (then known as English, Welsh & Scottish Railways) in 2001.

His painting of the TPO has now also gone on display for the first time at the M1 Gallery in Greenwich, along with a collection of Ian’s other works. The exhibition is free to visit and is open until Sunday 5th March.

“Other pictures of rail services, including those by DB Cargo UK, will be on display at the exhibition,” said Ian

“Combining my charter train job with my painting career allows me to see my subject from the inside rather like Turner tying himself to a Ship's mast in a storm to experience his subject at close hand. The Travelling Post Office was a memorable scene to paint as at 90 miles per hour it’s quite difficult to keep a steady hand! “

Last modified: 03.03.2017


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