John Matthews grew up with “railways all around”, and the amateur artist has been painting scenes from memory of the Preston-Southport line, which closed 50 years ago in September.
John, 62, a former BNFL worker from Cop Lane, Penwortham, said the paintings combine his two main interests – art and railways.
He said: “I’ve been painting for about 10 years. I’ve always wanted to do it, and when I finished work, I took it more seriously.
“I’m self-taught and I’ve learned through my mistakes, but people seem to be very interested whenever I display my work.”
John was 12 when the line closed in 1964, a victim of the infamous ‘Beeching Axe’, designed to restructure the network as the era of car ownership dawned.
He said: “At the time I was just a boy and at that age photography wasn’t something you did.
“I have found myself in later life thinking ‘I wish I’d taken a picture of that’, but if I can recreate the scenes from memory and some old photos that other people have taken, then that’s something.”
John has displayed some of his paintings at Penwortham Gala, and held a pop-up stall during Preston Guild.
He added: “A lot of people have come up to me with their memories of the line, and I’ve ended up selling quite a lot of my work, even though it’s not really what I intended to do.”