Sir Nigel Gresley

King’s Cross Station, London
The commission

Sir Nigel Gresley, is the eminent railway engineer (1876-1941), designer of the record-breaking steam locomotives, Flying Scotsman and Mallard. The 7ft 4in bronze was unveiled to an enthusiastic crowd on 5 April 2016. His N2 steam engine made a welcome appearance on Platform 8.

The design

Taking a break from his drawing office above, Sir Nigel is caught off guard. Quizzically he surveys the new Western concourse, one hand in his pocket and the other clutching his trade journal, The Locomotive. Sir Nigel was quite a showman, his old office building – now a Grade I listed building – the perfect stage-set. With his back to the old, he is looking out towards the new, towards today’s busy commuters traveling near and far on trains influenced by his feats of engineering.


I followed traditional techniques to ensure the highest quality: working with a model, building a strong armature to size, hand-building the clay figure, first unclothed, then sculpting-on the clothes. The mould is made in my studio, then shipped up to the foundry.


Commissioner: The Gresley Society Trust

Unveiling: 6 April 2016

Size: 7ft 4in

Material: Clay, bronze

Model: Barry McGerr (main), John Reeves

Foundry: Bronze Age Sculpture Casting Foundry; Installation: Artful Logistics

Professional photographers: Andy Fallon, Roger Bamber