TRAIN passengers visiting a town in Essex can receive free postcards as part of an art exhibition. 

Anyone travelling by train to visit the Wivenhoe Art Trail between November 17 and 19 can get a limited edition of postcards from local artists. 

The annual event is staged twice a year and attracts thousands of visitors. 

This month’s trail is seeing more than 30 artists in 20 venues, including studios, homes and public spaces, where visitors can view and buy recent works, as well as enjoy snacks and refreshments. 

The postcards can be obtained by showing the Greater Anglia ticket at the Nottage on the quayside of the town between 10am and 5pm. 

The set contains six cards with works from Maureen Hume, Alison Stockmarr, Jane Watson, Catherine Dodds and Richard Hayward and is limited to a number of 150. 

Wivenhoe Station is the only railway station in the Greater Anglia network with an art gallery greeting travellers. 

Local artist Maureen Hume said: “When the opportunity came to work with ESSCRP and Off the Rails we jumped at the chance.

"Our exclusive postcard set is just a small way of saying thank you to all of our visitors who come by train.”