Okay now here goes….I will let you all into a secret tonight as this was, and I mean WAS my idea of the the new colour scheme. Anyone seen the Flying Scotsman steam train? Well it is gorgeous. The colours are truly amazing. Dark green and black and gold lettering and a splash of bright red I thought would look quite amazing on the boat. What do you think?
Anyway, to cut a long story short Roy was “Googling” on the internet last night and it seems that Foxglove already has a connection with steam trains and because of what we found out it would be such a shame to change the current colour scheme because of the history that we found. The facts are truly amazing………
When the London Midland & Scottish Railway was formed in 1923 it inherited a considerable canal network including boats from several existing canal carrying companies.
The boats took on the famous LMS Maroon livery.
One LMS boat, (MECCA) was built as a
69′ 11″ open iron day boat in 1928.
In 1948 all LMS boats were passed into the ownership of British Railways until 1954 when ownership passed to British Waterways.
In 1990 BW sold MECCA into private ownership where it was converted into a 60ft motorboat by Five Towns Boatbuilding (Roger Fuller) and later lengthened to 70ft.
Was this the inspiration
behind Foxglove’s colour scheme?
What do you think?