The choice of livery for a locomotive can be controversial and the cause of much heated argument among railway enthusiasts. Hopefully the proposed livery for Queen Anne will not stir up too much trouble.
As can be seen from the image at the top of the blog, QA has panels advertising Queen Anne whisky on a strange beige coloured background with white lining. An earlier colour photograph shows the same adverts against a greenish background, but with subtly different lining, so the background must have been repainted at some point. It is likely that the locomotive never ran at Longmorn with this colour scheme, but was painted specially for delivery to the Strathspey Railway in 1980. QA was delivered to Longmorn painted in green with white lining and white buffers, and ran in this state until 1980 when the distillery’s private rail network closed.
There are sufficient black & white photographs of the locomotive at work at the distillery to re-create the white lining. Some “paint archaeology” has exposed the original crest on the cab sides so that its size and position could be determined. No colour photographs of the locomotive at work have been found so far.
|The original Ruston crest on the cab side exposed
|Some original Ruston transfers have been purchased for the cab
The Queen Anne advertising panels have been photographed and reproduced using desktop publishing software. The artwork is in the form of actual size print-ready PDF files, so could easily be printed as self-adhesive vinyls or magnetic sheets at fairly low cost. So it would be possible to temporarily create something approaching the “Queen Anne” of the 1980s if required.
|Original Queen Anne advertising panel
|Reconstructed artwork using best-match modern fonts
|The Ruston 4VRH engine on 16th July 2016
|The right hand side of the engine on 16th July 2016