Historical Decton

Posted by Yuanls on 17 February 2016 in English (English)

I decided to take a detour, away from conventional mapping, to do some historical mapping of Decton, which can be found here (it's too big for either here or the wiki.

I plan to extend this series to 1900, and after that, possibly convert it into a gif. This is a followup from the less sucessful Katsnelson gif, which can be found here:

The way I made this was simple: I copied Decton on JOSM and started adding and removing sections of it to create the final picture. It would be lovely to hear some feedback!



Comment from Ūdilugbulgidħū on 17 February 2016 at 23:54

That looks really great Yuanls. A little corner of Commonia that is civilised - and developing! I've run through Decton imgur a few times, it would make a great animation. I saw 'Decton 1970' the other day and thought it a funny name for a place...

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Comment from Thunderbird on 18 February 2016 at 05:16

This was done very nicely. Great work. I think this could be pulled off for smaller towns such as Decton but doing this for larger cities would be a long project.

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Comment from Myrcia on 18 February 2016 at 08:03

This is great, I think it shows a real understanding of how British-type towns have developed since 1940. It seems Decton never had its own Dr Beeching to come and remove some of its railway lines.

Would love to see the animation.

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Comment from Pawl on 18 February 2016 at 10:39

I like it! To me, mapping makes so much more sense, and is much more interesting, in its historical context, which is why I’m trying to map Wesmandy chronologically, starting in the Middle Ages. I’m planning to do this sort of animated gifs once I start moving forward in time.

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Comment from Sarepava on 18 February 2016 at 13:39

Great work. Don't forget that up to the 1960s the railway station would have had several sidings for carriage storage, a water tower and engine shed as well as a coal pile. After this time they get turned into car parks.

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Comment from Yuanls on 18 February 2016 at 15:18

Thanks for the feedback everyone! It's great to hear from the community.

@Udi Yep, I would imagine Katsnelson was aided by Glaster sometime in the past, which lead to it being slightly ahead of its neighbours in the region.

@Thunderbird This is true. The largest city I've done so far in my country is Ellmouth, and I'm considering re-drawing large parts of it, as it currently looks a mess. If I'm ever going to do something similar for a larger city, I might just do it on a smaller zoom level, or possibly just do it for individual sections or neighbourhoods instead of just doing the whole thing.

@Myrcia Glaster never had a Beeching-style reduction, but instead rail travel was diminished gradually. There are many disused railways around Ellmouth, however. Making an animation of Decton would be quite difficult, as if one of the frames were only slightly out of place, the whole thing would be messed up. See Katsnelson's gif, second to last frame, for an example.

@Pawl I like the attention to the landscape in Westmandy. I look forward to seeing how it develops!

@Sarepava I forgot all about that. Normally I'm good with railway stuff, but this time it caught me out. The current Decton station, built in a cutting, is actually further north than the old Decton station, which was situated by the Old Station Road. Nothing remains of it today, and since the current Decton Station was built in 1960, the pre-existing structures have all disappeared. However, the old marshalling yard that served a former industrial site is still visible here.

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