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British Railways Atlas 1947: The Last Days of the Big Four (Br Rail Atlas) [Hardcover]

Ian Allan Publishing
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7 April 2011 Br Rail Atlas
Available for the first time in hardback, British Railways Atlas 1947: The Last Days of the Big Four helps to recall a long-lost era when railways were still the dominant form of transport for both passengers and freight all over the country. Originally published in 1948 as a permanent record of the British railway system as it was at the end of private ownership in December 1947, British Railways Atlas 1947 is a graphic reminder of the scale of the railway industry in the period before Nationalisation. Each of the lines of the Big Four railway companies is differentiated by a colour - Great Western (yellow), London, Midland & Scottish (red), London & North Eastern (blue) and Southern (green). Also shown are the myriad minor railways that had managed to maintain their independence after the Grouping of 1923 but which were to disappear along with their larger neighbours into the new British Railways: lines such as the Kent & East Sussex and the East Kent which had jealously guarded their independence were to be swallowed up. This reprint of the ever popular Rail Atlas comes back bigger and better than before, and of course in Hard back for the first time ever.

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Ian Allan Publishing; Reprint edition (7 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0711036438
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711036437
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 25.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 74,420 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars British Railways Atlas 1947 8 Feb 2012
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What can one say about a railway atlas except this one covers the last real network of British railways before Nationalisation and subsequent withdrawls of service. For this reason it is to be commended as a lasting reminder of what there was.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Railways in UK as they were. 19 July 2011
By P. King
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I have enjoyed it very much and have become very nostalgic about the old railways before nationalisation, and then before Dr Beeching took his hatchet to the systems. It is a good book to have with you when on holiday in the UK and are able to check where the old lines ran. I would recommend it to all railway buffs.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not very useful 27 April 2013
By SteveM
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The maps are at a much smaller scale than I expected, and therefore do not provide detail in metropolitan areas.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I never knew such a book existed... 5 Dec 2011
An amazing book and a really good reference study too, as I found old railway lines I never knew of.
The book is Brand new, cost much less than the store price and was well packaged for posting (free) to me.
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4.0 out of 5 stars BR Atlas as at 1947 20 Mar 2014
By NH34
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Interesting addition to my collection. Able to trace former rail lines and ownership which are now long gone. Could have done with larger diagrams of congested areas such as Manchester and Liverpool as details are hard to discern.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars As Dated As The Railways It Represents 16 Oct 2011
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Whilst useful as a reference for the dedicated rail enthusiast or historian, I find the hand drawn nature of the maps, including the rather washed out colour, looks amateurish by comparison with more modern techniques. However, in buying this book, one knows what the style is going to be - it is as much a piece of history as many of the lines it documents. Given a choice, I find contemporary OS maps more useful since the lines are shown in their geographical context, although some detail and company ownership is absent. Using the two together is perhaps the ideal solution.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
This atlas gives a vivid reminder of the extent of the rail system in the U.K. before Dr. Beeching re-organised.

The Atlas is well laid out and very easy to follow, my Wife and have found the Atlas to be of great use.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thanks for the Memories 20 Aug 2014
Oh the nostalgia of it all. As a young trainspotter before I met girls this brought back magic memories. I know modern trains have all the modern comforts but it is a delight to travel along our much reduced rail network and still see the remnants of a branch line as I remembered it. I now take it with me on all my rail journeys.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very interesting.
Published 13 days ago by Philip Clarkson
4.0 out of 5 stars British Railways Atlas 1947. The last days of the Big Four
It is a useful picture of how many railways we had in the years before nationalisation, and long before Beeching.
Published 5 months ago by Mr Dennis M Manning
5.0 out of 5 stars Railways prior to Nationalisation
This useful atlas provides a snapshot of the last days of the "Big Four" just prior to the nationalisation that created British Railways.
Published 6 months ago by JIM OF LEWISHAM
5.0 out of 5 stars Railways as they were, not so long ago.
A very good reference work for those interested in the history of and redevelopment of railways - some colouring rather feint
Published 6 months ago by John Giles
4.0 out of 5 stars An atlas that shows the extent of railways before Beeching.
It was really interesting to see the Uk's rail system before the closures after WW2. The atlas is excellent if compared with a present day railway atlas which I also own. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Stephen Robinson
3.0 out of 5 stars Quite good
The book consists purely of maps with little additional information, i.e. 1 page. I bought it for my brother who likes railways and I think he will consult it to look where... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mary Brazier
4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting
Compare the rail network as was to today. Oh Dr Beeching! Lost a star as some parts such as London were too cramped to follow with any success.
Published 9 months ago by chris
3.0 out of 5 stars Satisfactory
Contained the information which I was looking for, but the detail was not quite what I expected.However, cosidering the age of the original publication, satisfactoyry.
Published 15 months ago by David Milnes
5.0 out of 5 stars Great British Railways.
BRITISH RAILWAYS ATLAS 1947 - 'The Last Days Of The Big Four' - Is A Book That Extensively Hosts And Charts A Colour Coded Array Of Rail Network 'Veins' That Ran Through Great... Read more
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