The editor of a local magazine (Rutland Living) had spotted my illustration of the Oakham signal box at a local art exhibition. She commissioned me to write an article using the illustration and commissioned some extra illustrations to use on the cover. It was great to work with the Rutland Living team and to learn the story of the Oakham signal box.
The Oakham signal box was so iconic its design was used for the basis of the Airfix model railway kit signal box.
Its design is very simple yet it has a very industrial feel to it which I love. Signal boxes are on the decline as many are now being automated. It would be a shame if we lost these iconic engineering pieces of railway history.
Railway advertising promotional posters were the inspiration for the piece which I am going to put in my product range of homewares. I have also created an illustration of the Harringworth or Seaton viaduct and am working on a couple of other local landmarks.