Vintage Railway Art for the Home
There’s nothing that says retro like railwayana. So just what it is about railways and steam trains that speaks to our vintage souls? Is it that we all wish secretly that we were born near the railway and starred in our very own railway children movie? Is it the possibility and adventure of exotic travel or the art deco black and white film noir romance of brief encounters that zips us back into the early 19th’century when life had a slower pace? Read further into our fascinating blog where we also feature some vintage railway art for the home..
The National Railway Museum Archives tell their own story of railways that opened up Britain and connected our towns and villages in ways we never believed possible. In the years after the war our grandparents and parents congregated at local stations to take summer seaside trips to local seaside resorts like Scarborough, Brighton, Great Yarmouth and St Ives. Sadly, the Beeching review took away many lines and many are just fond memories of sea sand and ice cream.
In the U.S. railways laid the tracks of cities and towns and governed where people could travel pre the motor vehicle. Before that, we were reliant on stagecoach and our four-legged friend the horse and trap to take us where we needed to be. No longer did we have to rely on other people to take us somewhere, we had the possibility of making our own choices and travelling on our own timetable, or at least that of the train station.
Train stations were temples of possibility where we could enter and travel to a whole new world. Railway stations were places of meeting and farewells. We greeted our long-awaited loved ones and waved them off to work or war. Railways weren’t just a way of getting to and from our destinations, they moulded our destiny and presented a plethora of life choices we could make. Railways allowed us to master that destiny. Rail art represents the era of steam, trains and the stuff of memories of days gone by. Perhaps that’s another reason why Harry Potter has been such a run away success given that it connects thoughts of steam trains and magic.
A trip on the Orient Express still has that aura of mystique which evokes tales of Agatha Christie, glamour and luxury of 1920’s travel and the mystery and anticipation of visiting the farthest corners of the world such as Berlin, Budapest and now even China. Railway signs and metal wall art are a really simple way to harness the bygone era of steam and railway engineering. You can use metal wall signs and rail art in your kitchen garage, lounge or library. In fact, anywhere you want to bring back an Olde Worlde atmosphere to your home. Once you start a railway theme, you’ll want to keep building on it with station clocks and timetables. Who knows, you might even get to see the ultimate in steam travel, -the Flying Scotsman himself, now wouldn’t that be the ultimate treat for a railway enthusiast?
Here at Sweet and Nostalgic we have a wide selection of railway art signs for the home. Come and have a look at what life was like in 20th Century Britain, our products give you a warm nostalgic flavour for this wonderful time. Our range covers the whole of the 20th Century, so there’s something on our site for everyone interested in the most influential century that the world has known to date.