Mural Routes Member(s): Lambertus De Graaf
Artist(s): Lambertus De Graaf
This mural was commissioned and installed in 2018, by the Saugeen Rail Trail of Port Elgin and Southampton to commemorate the history of the trains in Southampton. The mural also included a special tribute to the mural artwork by Allen Hilgendorf, who was also a member of Mural Routes and his wife Karen Hilgendorf. They had been recently married before he passed away in 2013.
The mural shows Allen acting as the engineer and Karen waving at him. The train is shown after unloading lumber and loading furniture parts in the Fitton Parker Furniture Factory at the turn of the century. The train could actually drive through the factory. There is still evidence of the passage way in the building, which is now the Southampton Market.
The artist, Lambertus De Graaf painted it offsite onto alupanels for over 8 months in Kincardine, Ontario. Volunteers mounted the panels in the summer and Lambertus blended the painted brick to match the wall and finished it with smoke billowing onto the brick.
Where to Find This Mural
Location: 140 Albert Street South, Southampton, Ontario, N0H 2L0, Canada | Get Directions