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A brief update on Paddington Bear postcards at Paddington station. After years of trading from a barrow on the forecourt the retailing has moved to a permanent shop inside the station’s retail area. There are currently several postcards available but only one features the station:
Postcards sold from the barrow include the similar design with line drawn HST and a view of the barrow.
Watch out for a postcard featuring Paddington bear and a class 800…
It’s hard to believe that when I visited Matlock the temperature was in the region of 30 degrees C, given that I’m writing this with snow on the ground outside. How the UK’s weather changes over just a few months. whilst visiting this line is always a pleasure, however I do wonder if I’ll live long enough for a trip all the way through to Buxton.
One of the features of this line is the bookshop in the Station building at Matlock. They do also stock other items of interest to travellers and a few postcards are available.
I’m pleased to report that the NRM shop at York is still stocking a wide variety of postcards – perhaps the widest variety of shapes and sizes ever.
The largest ( A5) shows a view from 2013’s great gathering of A4 locos. Barcode ref 5021043 1600211
Next size down we have three cards 406178 Great Gathering 2014, 406222 Mallard & 406420York station c1870
Then slightly larger than the standard postcards we have 3D postcards and jigsaw postcards. The wooden postcards noted a few years back are still available too.
As for standard postcards there are a large variety of poster views which have been available for some years. There are two new series:
404239 ,406246, 406253 & 406260 ( first 5 digits are the serial numbers and the final digit appears to be a check digit)
Finally a set that will bring back memories for those over 50:
the references are 411608, 411615, 411622, 411639 & 411646.
Another place for persons of a certain age to visit and find a host of childhood memories – Airfix, Scalextric and the home of model railway production for so many years.
Plenty of toys and model to see plus an informative hour long video. Postcard collectors are not disappointed either with four Hornby postcards in the shop.
A recent visit ti Buckfastleigh station shop saw the following postcatds produced by Writtle of Bridgnorth on sale:
SDR 15A 3205
SDR 15B 5786 night scene
SDR15F 5786 reflected by the Dart
SDR15P Buckfastleigh station
SDR15Q Staverton station
SDR 15S Routemaster bus
SDR 17A Totnes Riverside station
As part of a sponsorship package, the Postal Museum in London are offering a set of postcards featuring images of the line.
Click here for more details: