Paused for a breather after the steep walk up Wether Hill above the Breamish Valley in Northumberland, I find myself humming Jerome Moross’s title music for The Big Country. The wide blue skies and the bleached barren mounds of the Cheviot Hills have an epic quality that always calls to mind a cowboy film.Perhaps that’s not so far off the mark historically either. This area was once Britain’s answer to the Wild West.
The locomotive roared through European art for more than a century, inspiring English Romantics, French Impressionists, Italian Futurists and Belgian Surrealists. Harry Pearson tracks its epic journey
In the autumn of 1825, a wheezing, panting, cast-iron contraption designed by George and Robert Stephenson chugged out of the County Durham town of Shildon in the north of England. Named Locomotion No 1, the steam engine was hauling 20 coal wagons and an experimental passenger coach containing c...
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