A Marvellous Map
Friday, 26 February 2021
2021 - 76th Birthday Year
fbb has always been fascinated by maps of all shapes and sizes and is currently updating maps for the GoTimetable web site and App. The routes taken through the city centre by Sheffield's service 120 are just crazy,
Otherwise, it's a great idea.
Other convolutions of the route were caused by the Supertram (see below).
Anyway, the "Marvellous Map" from No 3 son shows everything you might ever want to know about the UK's literature,
Thanks to No 3 son for offering his aged pater something different from buses, trains and railway models to stimulate his scintillatingly alert and active brain cell. fbb did win the Stopford Sackville prize for Eng Lit whilst "studying" at Northampton Grammar School and started his teaching career teaching Eng Lang to 12/13 year olds. fbb cannot remember who Stopford and/or Sackville were!
No 3 son did look at a similar map of amusing UK place names, but deemed it too gratuitously rude for the old man's susceptible and sensitive personality.
A Splendid Book
Another gift, from a certain Mr Fearnley, was somewhat more transport related.
It is a very useful skate nonetheless with the bonus of a list of preserved trams, many of them at Crich Tramway Village.
The Totley, Jordanthorpe and Shiregreen lines simply never happened; the Rotherham line opriginally got no further that Meadowhall; trams stopped at Malin vridge because the people of Stannington did not want them and the big loop at Mosborough never happened.
There was also the idea of diverting into some of Sheffield's housing estates ...
Three possible routes to Meadowhall were considered, two, A & B, via existing roads where they might have helped the districts served regain some of their lost vitality ...
As is so often the case, the book glosses over the horrendous disruption to trade and travel in the city as construction progressed.
Sheffield "commuters" and Sheffield traders were venomous in their antipathy to the tram and were not in any measure mollified by the oft repeated epithet, "it will all be better when the tram is built"! Indeed, the tram was something of a disaster in its early days.
There is a reminder, for example, that initially the system opted for off-tram ticket purchase from machines ...
But Supertram did recover and is now an important part of Sheffield's transport network.
The Tram Train route to Parkgate "Retail Park" is fully covered after a brief reference to the original idea of Tram Train from Sheffield to Penistone. fbb has been to Parkgate, but did not stay to enjoy that full shopping experience (thankfully!) so he missed to welcoming link from tram to shops.
Surely that cannot be allowed to happen?
But the book is packed with hundreds of colour pictures and a huge amount of detail; a good read and a good look.
It is published by Platform 5 at £19.95 and is well worth every penny. It will provide fbb with bedtime reading for many days
Next Weekend Variety blog : Saturday 27th February