The Railway Series alumni Gunvor Edwards has passed away at the age of 80, it has emerged.
One half of the Edwards, Gunvor and her husband Peter were responsible for the illustrations of some of the Wilbert Awdry books, starting with Stepney the Bluebell Engine through to Tramway Engines.
Gunvor died earlier this year on April 23rd losing a battle with dementia. Her daughter Martina wrote a eulogy on her mother's website earlier this month taking a trip down memory lane.
Born in Sweden in 1934, Gunvor went on to design artwork for childrens books Tiger-nanny, Cat Samson and Mrs. Pepperpot's Outing.
Her contributions to Books 18 to 26 of The Railway Series were most notable for her and Peter's impressionistic style. She leaves behind her husband and six children.