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The Great Goodbye


Shildon 2Mapsareus, was fortunate recently to find himself in the north of England, at the time of the Great Goodbye event at Shildon, National Railway Museum, when the remaining six A4 class engines came together for the last time.  The Mallard and Sir Nigel Gressley were joined by Bittern, Union of South Africa, Dominion of Canada, and Dwight D Eisenhower.  The latter two locomotives were brought over the Atlantic especially for the event, and can be seen at Shildon until just after Easter.

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Did you get a chance to see these icon locomotives when they were all gathered together?

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Map Stamps


stamps 3While helping his father-in-law to move house, Mapsareus found a large number of Royal Mail stamp collections, including this set from 1991 depicting the development of Ordnance Survey mapping from late Victorian times to the then, present day.  Like all maps over a period of time the stamps, which all show the same section of Hamstreet in Kent, also show the development of the area over the same period.  As with all maps I never get tired of viewing the history of an area from maps of various ages.


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Old Maps!


oldmapsMapsareus has been sorting though some old maps that belong to his father-in-law.  These maps are absolutely fascinating, and apparently some are quite valuable!

The ones shown above are original Ordnance Survey maps dating from 1920, although we can re-print these maps in our office, there is something very appealing about handling the originals!

 


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Trains and Ducks


K&EDS3Mapsareus is not the only one to enjoy steam trains around here!  When we were down in Sussex recently we had a great afternoon on the Kent & East Sussex Railway running between Tenterden and Bodiam chugging through the enigmatic Rother Valley and past Bodiam Castle.  At one point during the journey our train was ‘buzzed’ by what I think was a restored Spitfire plane! Although most of the afternoon was cloudy and overcast we had a good time spotting the various engines in steam that day.

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We later finished the day in sunshine and stopped for refreshments at a local cafe where we were joined by several small birds who hopped up onto the tables in search of crumbs, much to the delight of everyone.  We were also joined by several ducks, who not to be outdone by their smaller brethren were also coming up very close in search of titbits, and frightened one or two people by also flying up onto the tables!

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Walking, Beer and Trains!


413-1000-669-0-0-1000-669At the weekend, Mapsareus was able to combine three of his greatest pleasures in one afternoon. Walking, real ale and steam trains!  I am not sure which came first, but I suspect the lure of real ale was the main purpose of the afternoon! The ale was supplied by Box Steam Brewery, a local micro-brewery which produces beers with fabulous names like “Tunnel Vision” “Piston Broke”, “Ghost Train” and “Whistle Blower” (I like the names even though I am not a beer drinker!).  The brewery is linked with two pubs in the area, The Inn at Freshford and the Cross Guns at Avoncliff, with the walk taking a circular route between the two through two valleys.  25-657-449-0-0-620-449Though a simple map of the route is available from the pubs, this is not up to OS standard.  Unfortunately this route falls right on the join of three OS Explorer Maps, so the best way to get a decent map for this area is to look at a site centred OS map.  Luckily for Mapsareus, we can download and print these in the office!

And the steam trains?  Well surely that is obvious from the names of the beers!