Gillies painted the Scottish landscape in all seasons, travelling around the countryside on his motorcycle. From 1939 he lived in the village of Temple in Midlothian, south of Edinburgh. This painting shows the train to the nearby town of Peebles emerging from behind the hills. Gillies has depicted the train as only a small part of the wider scene, and it almost blends into the background suggesting that the landscape at large is of greater interest to the artist. Gillies explained: `I have always enjoyed weather, always seen landscape pictorially, and I?ve got immense satisfaction in recording swiftly in line and colour the fugitive, the subtle and the grand in nature.?