Summer Saturday at Snow Hill whisks the puzzler back to the 1950s through its portrayal of the Birmingham’s famous train station, Snow Hill which at its height, was the most popular station in the city.
Snow Hill was first built by the former Great Western Railway in 1852, and took passengers to destinations including London Paddington, Wolverhampton Low Level and Birkenhead Woodside. Originally named ‘Birmingham Station’, Snow Hill was rebuilt in 1912 and contained lavish facilities, such as a large booking hall with an arched glass roof, extravagant waiting rooms with oak bars, and a main platform area that was covered by a large glass and steel overall roof.
However due to the electrification of the main line from London to New Street in the 1960s, Snow Hill soon had the majority of its services withdrawn, which led to the station’s eventual closure in 1972 and it was largely demolished in 1977. In the mid-1980s, Snow Hill station was revived and with a new rebuild was opened once again in 1987, regularly taking passengers to London Marylebone and Stratford-Upon-Avon.
Painted by Philip D Hawkins, the 1000 piece jigsaw portrays the hustle and bustle that would have occurred on a Saturday morning in the 1950s as holiday makers rush to catch the 09.50am train to Plymouth and Penzance. As passengers wait eagerly with their suitcases on Platform 7, “The Cornishman” headed by “Castle” class 4-6-0 No. 5070 “Sir Daniel Gooch” has been loaded with coal and is ready to make the seven hour journey to the seaside town.
This wonderful keepsake is made from 100% recycled board of the highest quality and is perfect for any train enthusiast or loved one who remembers the lavish Snow Hill station during the 1950s when it was Birmingham’s busiest and most popular station.
- High quality 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle
- Puzzle size 48x68cm when complete
- Made from thick, durable puzzle board that is 100% recycled.
In 1978 he decided he would make a career as a painter, and specialising in railways came quite naturally as trains had been a keen interest since he was a boy, when he lived a few yards down the road from the Western Region main line from Birmingham Snow Hill to Wolverhampton with almost every type of Western engine hauling all sorts of traffic.
Over the years his paintings have been acquired for collections in the UK and many other parts of the world. Commissions for private individuals and corporate concerns, particularly railway oriented companies, now account for the majority of his output with the result that Freightliner, European Passenger Services, Virgin Trains, Docklands Light Railway and Midland Metro, are among the extensive client list.
Philip is a founder member of the Guild of Railway Artists, a national concern formed in 1979 to forge a link between artists whose depicted subjects include railways. He became President of the Guild in 1988 and retained that position until resigning in 1998. During this period there was a noticeable improvement in the standard of work seen at Guild exhibitions. The GRA stage regular exhibitions and very often offer the rare opportunity to view a Hawkins original painting in the flesh.