Ashford’s Hidden Treasures – 23

The railway has played a great role in Ashford’s development – not just in the 19th-century but also more recently with the arrival (and departure) of Eurostar. Let’s hope that more intercontinental high speed trains will be stopping at Ashford in the near future – and their models can be added to the new model railway centre in Bethersden.

Ashford’s Hidden Treasures – 22

With Remembrance Day coming up this week, it seemed appropriate to focus on a hidden treasure that has its origins in World War 1. These crew members actually had a fairly good survival rate – much better than contemporaries fighting on the ground or in combat aircraft. Nevertheless it must have taken some guts to sit in a small carriage beneath a large envelope of explosive hydrogen… with a top speed of 53 mph.