Monday, December 6, 2021

Project Origin

 Recreation of the 1901 Royal Enfiend by the RE UK Tech Centre.

The final result, unveiled at EICMA 2021in Milan :

The project started with a challenge by Gordon May, the official Royal Enfield historian, looking here very dapper in period clothing,

Friday, December 3, 2021

Ghost train: Redditch to Evesham

To reach Redditch, the historic hometown of Royal Enfield in the UK, one takes a local train from Birmingham New Street that ends at Redditch. Before the 1960's the line extended further south to Evesham. This video recreates that train ride in a modern map. The map is upside down (South is up). It starts from the Redditch Train station, which is just south of where the Royal Enfield factory used to be. The station has been slightly relocated with respect to where it was when the Royal Enfield factory was operational to make way for the development of the modern Redditch downtown. Around 0:40 the train swings next to a shiny building that currently is a B&Q store. That is where the Eadie Manufacturing Company was and where the entrance gate still remains. The Eadie Manufacturing Company spawned the Enfield Cycle Co. in 1893, which would later become independent and become Royal Enfield.

Saturday, November 27, 2021

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Redditch in time

This great site for old maps allows us to travel in time in Redditch. 

Here it is in 1887, click to enlarge.

Pay attention to the railway line on the right, the gas works, and the Mill Pond.

Here it is in 1949,
Notice the gas works behind the Royal Enfield factory (including its test track) and the Mill Pond to the north. Lowan's Hill Farm (listed as Loanshill in the earlier map) is also there.

This is today,
The gas works are gone, the Mill Pond is kind of smaller but still there. It is fed by the Red Ditch, which gives the town its name (apparently the land contained iron which turned it reddish when it was first written about in the 12th century). There is something going on at Lowan's farm maybe construction of family dwellings.


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