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Wish I was there

Earlier this year we asked art students from across Britain to send us a postcard — we invited them to design their very own iconic postcard that represented a place they were looking forward to reconnecting with and visiting again once travel restrictions had ended. Places they’d think of and say: “Wish I was there”

Judging complete — exhibition live!

We were overjoyed with the incredibly creative artwork we received from so many talented students, making judging this competition a real pleasure.

With judging now complete, we’ve launched a special postcard exhibition where you can see the students’ postcard designs as we showcase their extraordinary creativity - celebrating places the length and breadth of the country that they were looking forward to travelling to once again.

We hope you will be able to attend one of the exhibitions as it travels around the UK throughout July and August, starting at London Waterloo on 19th July 2021.

Exhibition venues and dates:

  • London Waterloo Station: 19 July - 1 August
  • Reading Station: 2 - 8 August
  • Liverpool Lime Street Station: 9 - 15 August
  • Leeds Station: 16 – 22 August
  • Glasgow Central Station: 23 – 29 August

Buy your postcards online

If you’d like to send someone a postcard, we’ve created an online store where a selection of these postcards are available to purchase as postcards or posters.

Please visit our online store here:

We hope you’ll find the students' artworks inspiring so that you too can take a trip somewhere you’ve been longing to visit.

“The railway, from the very beginning, has been an integral part of bringing people and places together. From visiting family and friends, to that cherished day trip to the seaside. It gives us access to places that we might not otherwise have gone to. We all have those special places that we like to visit by train and that is something we have all missed in the last year. That is why we invited the UK’s next generation of artists to bring this to life, by creating images that capture and celebrate the journeys we’re all looking forward to making when we can."
Sir Peter Hendy CBE, Chair, Network Rail