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George Heiron

George Heiron

George Heiron was born in Bristol in 1929 and inherited an artistic streak from both sides of his family. His Mother was a tutor in art at the West of England College of Art and his Father's family had a sign-writing business. After working with the Bristol Aircraft Company, George soon moved to study at the West of England College of Art before he became a freelance signwriter, painter and photographer. It was the start of a career that was to last over 50 years.

George Heiron

A unique individual, George was not only a master of the paintbrush in oils and watercolour, but also an accomplished photographer. He was in many respects, a pioneer in adventurous railway photography especially his experimentation with night photography. This can be observed with such breathtaking studies such as the 'Red Dragon' which was hauled by his favourite locomotive Britannia. This iconic photograph was taken from the end of Badminton station, knee deep in snow on a freezing winters night. The Station Master thought he was mad!

Red Dragon An experienced and proficient mountaineer, it was in the Swiss Alps, high in the village of Zermatt that George could be found when not painting. It was here that he found relaxation, climbing such peaks as the Matterhorn. As his career progressed, four books were to follow, 'The Majesty of British Steam'... 'Trains to the West'... 'Roaming the Western Rails' and what was to be his final works, 'Portraits of Steam' which was published just months before his untimely death in 2001. Heiron was a man of many talents and is greatly missed for his contribution to the railway scene.

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