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Do Not Alight Here: Walking London's Lost Underground and Railway Stations [Paperback]

Ben Pedroche
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5 Dec 2011
Abandoned tunnels, derelict stations, old trackbeds and much more; all are included in "Do Not Alight Here", an entertaining and informative book that guides the reader through London's many remaining disused Underground and main line railway structures. They can be viewed in a series of 12 guided walks and short tube and train journeys, devised and investigated by the author, each of which takes in a sample of these forgotten and fascinating remains, with most of the entries illustrated with recently taken colour photographs.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 142 pages
  • Publisher: Capital Transport Publishing (5 Dec 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1854143522
  • ISBN-13: 978-1854143525
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 11.2 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,326 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Ben Pedroche is a writer based in London, who has been exploring the city since moving there in 2008. His first book 'Do Not Alight Here: Walking London's Lost Underground and Railway Stations' was released in December 2011. His second book 'London's Lost Power Stations and Gasworks' was released in April 2013. Ben's latest book is named 'Working the London Underground', and is available now.

In addition to books, Ben has also written extensively for a range of magazines and websites. He lives in London with his wife Louise.

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good walking guide 11 Feb 2012
Format:Paperback
I have enjoyed reading this book and it describes some interesting walks with little-known facts about the underground system. Unfortunately, it doesn't include any maps - I think this would have really enhanced my enjoyment of the book, particularly where it describes the interaction of the different companies that built the underground and how stations were affected by their proximity to other lines. I shall still enjoy the walks, but once I have done them there will be little more I can get from the book!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Do Not Alight Here 9 July 2012
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A fascinating book. Beautiful quality paper and illustrations. Would have appreciated a map showing the adjacent (surrounding) areas of the various walks.
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60 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who's need an Oyster Card? 19 Dec 2011
By amaBOOK
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Got this book as a present for someone else but ended up keeping it for myself! Has lots of stuff about London I never knew, including places I've walked by every day for years and not noticed. I've done two of the walks and they were well informed with good directions. The best bit for me is the tube journeys section. I heard people talk about `ghost' stations before but I didn't really see what the fuss was about. But now I've seen some for myself I for one am hooked. Highly recommended, and I'm not even a Tube buff. Or maybe I am now?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Back on the tracks 7 Aug 2012
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Another present for my Dad, who never tires of pointing out the remnants of Bermondsey station platforms when on the train from Sidcup to town. He was extremely happy with this and intends to follow a lot of the walks, exploring where the train lines used to run and mourning the defunct station buildings. The descriptions seem quite precise and the book is a handy size to carry with him. Although a map lover, he wasn't bothered that this didn't contain any because the photos make stuff easy to locate.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 5 Nov 2012
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I have already completed one of the walk the Crystal Palace high Level and enjoyed the change from my normal walking of disused railway lines, a hidden jem in the center of London. Great little book and enjoyed the walk
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A find 27 Dec 2011
By Gail
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It's a fascinating book for those who like to know what went before; what a building they've noticed used to be, and who like to nose around finding "leftovers" which have somehow escaped demolition/modernisation. It's a book to make you open your eyes and look around - particularly but not only for Underground and railway enthusiasts. I don't live in London any more but I've been reading it with Google Street View in front of me which is very satisfactory for a lot of it!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic way to investigate hidden London 9 April 2012
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I am addicted to walking the streets of London and I'm always looking out for the next London walk book to follow.

Following the walks in this book I've discovered not only the disused stations etc. but also whole areas of London that I hardly knew at all.

The fact that there are no maps has forced me to use my A to Z which makes the walks feel much more like an adventure. The directions and pictures are useful and I've enjoyed trawling the net after each walk for more information on the places I've visited.

I'm halfway through the walks and looking forward to the train journeys that feature later in the book.

Excellent walk book, well done!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Real shame - no maps, and no distances listed 12 Jun 2013
By Buffy
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Had high hopes for these walks;
however, won't be doing any more after the first one.
No maps, and no indication of the distance of the walk.
How did you figure it would take 2 hours, 35 minutes...?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting walks
I have followed one of these walks (Piccadilly to Chelsea) and found it very interesting showing things that you would otherwise miss. Read more
Published 1 month ago by AJE17
4.0 out of 5 stars Very nice
Good layout and some very good photos used to discribe the verious walks of interest. Well presented and very interesting.
Published 1 month ago by Justin L. Williams
4.0 out of 5 stars The Londoner's guide to unknown stations
Although bought as a present for someone else, I gather it's been much appreciated and enjoyed by a London-based friend who travels a lot and is always pleased to have 'something... Read more
Published 1 month ago by kargelert
3.0 out of 5 stars good read
This book was a very good read but I feel could have done with more photos of some of the locations to aid the walks. Read more
Published 2 months ago by S M DIX
5.0 out of 5 stars fascinating book
only read it so far, can't wait for warmer drier weather to go out and explore bits of London off the beaten track
Published 3 months ago by Paul Featherstone
5.0 out of 5 stars a great read
i thought i knew the underground but loved walking by book in my imagination. great read and well worth finding out more
Published 4 months ago by steve uttley
5.0 out of 5 stars So interesting!
You just don't realise what's still around the corner, compact little book packed with lots of fascinating facts, makes me want to do a little tour of my own to find these places!
Published 4 months ago by Ron
4.0 out of 5 stars Ben Pedroche
An interesting book if you like Lost underground and Railway stations and my husband does. It was a gift to him.
Published 8 months ago by Elisabeth
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I have always been interested in the history of the London Underground so I was looking forward to reading this book I was not disappointed. Lots of facts I didn't know about. Read more
Published 8 months ago by L V Lording
5.0 out of 5 stars Lost in fascination
Lost in fascination at our great city and all its parts. Could / did become a city bore after an hour reading only 2 walks then riding most of these the next day
Published 9 months ago by M. Foster
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