BALLARAT'S historic railway signal boxes would enjoy radical revitalisations if the work of a local graphic design student became reality.
As part of an assignment in the Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design at Ballarat's Arts Academy, Peter Sparkman proposed the Signal Box B be turned into a cafe.
"I was in Darwin for 13 years, and came back to Ballarat in 2009 and saw the state of the signal boxes had got worse and worse," he said.
"Our assignment was to add branding to an existing building so I thought it might be an interesting way to look at the signal box."
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While it's unlikely US coffee giant Starbucks would open a store in the Lydiard Street building, Mr Sparkman said it would be a perfect place for a small locally owned cafe.
"There is a need for creative approaches, and I think it would be a perfect place for train spotters to be perched and enjoy a coffee," he said.
Mr Sparkman said much larger Signal Box A behind the Ballarat Railway Station was in a similar state of disrepair and needed urgent action.