Railway Art for the Home

There’s nothing that says retro like railwayana. So just what is it 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 of adventure or exotic travel? Maybe it’s the art deco black and white film noir romance of brief encounters that zips us back into the early 19th Century. Alternatively, you could be a Thomas The Tank Engine fan, many began their love of steam trains thanks to the Sodor railway! Read further into our fascinating blog where we also feature some vintage railway art for the home.

St Ives Railway Sign

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. The railways played a central role in the industrial revolution, transporting coal and copper across the country. In the years after the war, our grandparents and parents congregated at local stations. They took summer seaside trips to local seaside resorts like Scarborough, Brighton, Great Yarmouth and Torquay. Sadly, the Beeching review took away many lines. Consequently, 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. Railway, faster and safer for travelling across wild landscapes! No longer did we have to rely on other people to take us somewhere. Firstly, we had the possibility of making our own choices and secondly, travelling on our own timetable, or at least that of the train station!

Beware of Trains Railway Sign

Train stations were temples of possibility where we could enter and travel to a whole new world. Railway stations were places of meetings 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. Journeys became quicker by rail. 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!

The Flying Scotsman Wall Sign

A trip on the Orient Express still has that aura of mystique which evokes tales of Agatha Christie. The Orient Express emulates the glamour and luxury of 1920’s travel. In addition to this, it stimulates a feeling of mystery or 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, the signs make great decorator’s pieces anywhere! 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,  now wouldn’t that be the ultimate treat for a railway enthusiast?

Here at Metal Wall Signs 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, for example, 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.

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