So, for a while now I have been planning a secondary WiP to my main one, and I ran into a concern about copyright.
The story is set in an alternate future in the 2100s during a climate ravaged setting, and as you may expect, society isn’t doing too well. The MC and some other characters travel on a steam train, (because electricity is not reliable in the apocalypse).
I originally planned to make it just any old steam train, but being the train nerd I am, I decided that I would decide on a specific model. After putting some thought into it, I decided on the BR Standard Class 9F 2-10-0.
Or to translate that from train nerd talk, I decided on a specific model, this one.
But, seeing as there are only 9 surviving locomotives of that class, I decided that, being the perfectionist I was, I needed to come up with a realistic backstory of how the mad-max-esque steam train came to be.
In short, I want to use the 92220 “Evening Star”, which is on display at the National Railway Museum in York. But I am unable to find any concrete evidence over the copyright on this train, or any preserved trains come to think of it. I was able to find this website from the National Railway Museum, which talks about copyright, but that never mentions copyright on the trains, just any books or images they may hold.
I realise this is a very specific question which I probably should not be getting so worked up over, but I keep worry that if I go ahead and assume that since I can’t find any information on the copyright, it is in the public domain, that I’ll end up getting slapped with a copyright strike or something similar.