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VINE VOICEon 27 December 2009
When sitting in a train moving through the country or waiting in a railway station, I'd see tracks going in different directions and often wonder where they lead. With this I can work it out. It's not just the main lines on here, but includes docks, goods yards, preserved railways (like those at Beamish or Tanfield) and the like. This volume runs from Kings Cross in the south to Berwick Upon Tweed in the north and from Leeds in the west to the east coast; it has a good index of station names and other railway features like signal boxes and junctions: if it's here you'll find it.

As a track diagram this is not a map in the traditional sense, but a series of straight lines marking out track features. In principle it's not unlike the London Underground map, except without the colour and lines are not overlapped. Local geography, such as curves in the track or nearby towns and roads are largely ignored, except where they are necessary to indicate details of the track such as platforms and tunnels.

You need to like railways in order to enjoy this book. If you've not wondered about where a railway lines goes or how different routes link to each other, then you'll probably not have any need for it. I also have no need for it, but I enjoy looking at the diagrams and thinking of the railway, where it goes and what it carries. To fully understand these diagrams you need to look at them alongside a traditional map, else there is no context.

I have no idea of the technical merit or practical use of these diagrams but even as a person interested in railways it includes a great deal of information that I have no use for now, but may perhaps come into its own as I come to better understand it.
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on 11 March 2013
I actually purchased this series of track diagrams direct from the publisher as some were not in stock with Amazon, and they were the same price, though at the time of writing this review, volume 4 was not available as a new edition is due for release in the next few weeks.

I have a great interest in the railways infrastructure particularly where tracks are concerned and the routes they take as I journey along them. They include a whole wealth of information from the track layout, positioning of level crossings, rail bridges, viaducts, tunnels (including names and lengths), station platform layouts, direction of travel on each track (including whether they are uni/bi-directional), track labels ("Up Main", "Down Portsmouth", "Down Slow" etc), distances from a certain reference point such as from London Waterloo via Staines, and so much more.

Generally each page is split into two or three sections horizontally with the track going from one side of the page to the other in all sections. I realise I am not explaining it that well but for example on one page the top section has a stretch of track which is then continued in the next lower section which is in turn continued on in the final section. Any track lines that continue over the page is given the page number to turn to.

There is a legend at the front of the book which provides invaluable information to help you understand various symbols on the tracks.

I also have TRACKatlas of Mainland Britain: A Comprehensive Geographic Atlas Showing the Rail Network of Great Britainwhich is like a simplified version of these track maps in one volume and is cheaper than buying all of the Track Diagram volumes, but I do prefer these Track Diagrams to the aforementioned product.

If you have any questions about these Track Diagrams feel free to reply to this review with your questions.

Great For Rail Professionals and Enthusiasts
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on 20 March 2011
Followed book while travelling on east coast line.. very interesting... now I know what a lot of the numbers mean on the side of the tracks...
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on 21 October 2015
As always, the only rail map you need. All Quail maps are superb and this is no exception. Mine is in constant use, both at home and out on the rails. The entire set takes-up very little room on the shelf and I wouldn't be without them. Can't recommend these books highly enough.
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on 18 May 2016
Massive detail. Includes passing loops, crossovers, signal boxes, platforms and electrification. Does not include signals or line speeds. Includes ECML up to Berwick, Midland mainline after Leicester. Settle and Carlisle line and East Anglia.
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on 31 December 2012
Have found the contents extremely interesting. The track contents contain much detail of each ares.
Delivery was extremely prompt.
Would suit mostmodern railway enthusiasts.
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on 9 June 2014
It was exactly what I was looking for, I particularly liked the platform layouts for all stations.
I have no complaints for this item
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on 24 February 2015
As expected and provided me with all the information I required.
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on 15 February 2015
Does exactly what's required. as do all Quailmaps
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on 11 December 2014
A really good, clear, detailed reference tool.
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