Now Christmas cards are arriving on the doormat (if not in the e-mail inbox) here’s one to challenge our pre-conceptions of everything a Christmas card should be, or indeed used to be.

Think seasonal scene, snow or ice, or some sort of festive or religious reference. So this card with a clear Christmas message has a summer scene of a railway station, with passengers sat out admiring the delightful situation and view from Symonds Yat platform.

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The Ross-on-Wye and Monmouth railway opened in 1873 and closed to passengers 60 years ago, in 1959.

The line of the railway track is now a popular and attractive footpath and cycle way.

The station area became a car park. The Christmas card view dates from 1904.

By the curator of Chepstow Museum.