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London Railway Atlas 3rd edition [Hardcover]

Joe Brown
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2 Aug 2012
First published to critical acclaim in 2006, then in an enlarged and updated second edition in 2009 to include more detail, this new fully revised third edition of the London Railway Atlas will be warmly welcomed by all enthusiasts. This fascinating book gives a detailed mapping of the myriad of lines which traverse the city, including both London Underground and ex-BR networks. Each map also illustrates the geographical relationship between the overground and underground network, which will be invaluable for modellers. All the maps on the large format pages show all tracks and platforms. Through constant research, the author has amassed a vast amount of new information, both present day and historical, on the most complex railway network in the British Isles. The atlas shows all the lines in London, both open and closed, stations, changes of station name, and station opening and closing dates. All changes which have affected both the surface and underground networks have been included and the atlas is intended to reflect the network at the point of the Olympic opening ceremony. For the third edition, the author has redrawn every map to a much higher degree of accuracy and added much more detail on industrial railways. All the recent openings on London Overground Rail Operations Ltd (LOROL) and the Docklands Light Railway are shown, and further LOROL expansion and Crossrail is shown under construction. One of the biggest changes in this edition is the conversion of all dates from a simple YYYY to DD/MM/YYYY format, and plenty more research has taken place to provide a near complete chronology of all lines and stations (including goods yards). The new edition also includes better mapping of watercourses for context, inclusion of place names, and conversion of text boxes to lower case rather than plain capitals. The coverage has also been expanded slightly out to some logical places on the edge of London, e.g. Windsor, Tilbury, Gravesend, Redhill, so there are more standard map pages (74 versus the current 48), giving an increased number of pages for this edition of 128 pages. The author also shows electrification and gauge maps of all of London (i.e. all of London on a single page showing different electrification and gauges over the years). This comprehensive atlas has proved to be an indispensable work of reference to railway enthusiasts and London historians and the fully revised new edition will continue to be required reading.

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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Ian Allan; 3rd Revised edition edition (2 Aug 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0711037280
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711037281
  • Product Dimensions: 30 x 21.2 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 100,565 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joe was born in Preston, Lancashire in February 1977 but before his first birthday his family had moved south to London where he has remained ever since.

Growing up a stone's throw from the District / North London lines and the British Rail Hounslow Loop evidently made a very early impression and like many little boys Joe was obsessed with all things railways, combining this with his other great love; drawing.

Daily journeys to school in Hammersmith on the District Line began to raise questions in Joe's mind about the traces of abandoned railways he saw, which prompted library research and culminated at the age of 12 in the first version of the London Railway Atlas, which was a sprawling mass of A4 sheets of paper, black ink and sellotape taking up most of a bedroom wall. It used the humble A to Z as a guide, just as the aforementioned book does now.

Following the premature loss of his mother in 1989, Joe filled long Summer holiday days by purchasing a zone 1-6 travelcard and roving London's railway network, curious to find traces of the abandoned lines and stations his research was uncovering. He'd also cycle around West London, camera in hand, photographing the remnants of these lines and stations perhaps with a book in the distant future in mind.

By his mid-teens Joe had pretty much lost all outward interest in railways and turned his sights to the usual pursuits of teenage boys, whilst still maintaining a keen interest in drawing and design. After a very short university career (1 term studying Biology at King's College London) and 18 months working London's club scene as well as bit-parts acting Joe's former interest came back to the fore one day in the form of a poster recruiting for Northern Line Guards at Old Street Tube station.

That was in late 1997, and after initially joining London Underground on a 6 month short-term contract as a stop-gap (the Guard role's days were numbered), a whole career has since ensued.

After 9 months working out of East Finchley Depot as a Guard, Joe successfully passed 'motors' and spent a further 6 months driving 1959 and 1962 Stock trains on the Northern Line before transferring to Parson's Green Depot on the District Line in March 1999. After 2 years driving on the District Line, Joe was promoted to Duty Manager (Trains) at Earl's Court, and it was whilst in this role that he appeared in 'The Tube' Series 1 on television.

After 6 years as a Duty Manager at Earl's Court, Joe was again promoted to the role of Train Operations Manager, in charge of the day-to-day operations of Elephant & Castle Depot on the Bakerloo Line, where he remained for 2 1/2 years. In December 2009 Joe turned his attentions to station operations, taking up the position of Marylebone Group Station Manager, managing 6 stations on the Bakerloo Line.

The London Railway Atlas Second edition and the 2006 First edition are a revival of Joe's childhood interest and have been gradually spawned on a home PC using pretty basic software and many hundreds of hours' endeavour. Despite job demands Joe is still keen to continue periodically updating this work as London's railways continue to evolve, and has some future projects in mind to complement this book.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Tremendous work, flawed by poor paper 11 Sep 2012
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There is nothing I can add to previous comments about this labour of love from Joe Brown and the wealth of data on every page.
Greatly expanded from the previous editions it contains more and more minutiae making it a masterwork of the History of London's Railways as well as a cartographic record.
Sadly and unlike previous editions the publisher seems to have gone for a cheaper poorly coated paper leaving some of the detailed printing - of which there is a great deal - indistinct and lacking in depth. Shame on you, Ian Allan.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost, but not quite..... 24 Feb 2013
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I've all three editions of Joe Brown's "London Rail Atlas" and each has built on the one before.

The first edition didn't show individual track layouts, apart from the enlarged sections. Hence double track was shown by a thick line, single by a thin one. What it did clearly illustrate though, was the geographical juxtaposition of underground and overground lines in the capital.

The second edition, in a larger format, introduced individual track layouts, though in complex locations these weren't always totally accurate.

This latest edition has over 20 extra pages of maps/enlargements and brings the story up-to-date. Actually beyond, for some of the track layouts show the situation after completion of Cross-Rail in 2018. Dates are now given (where known) in full, rather than to the year as in previous editions.

However the quality of the paper has declined and it can be quite difficult to see some of the detail; particularly the disused lines. I feel for the author as he's obviously put a lot of effort into adding all this extra detail.

There are some errors in track layouts and I'm not sure if this format can quite give the detail of those maps previously produced by the Quail Map Company. For example, Waterloo is drawn so small that not all the crossings and slip points are shown (something that Quail also got wrong to be honest). Also the layout of Charing Cross includes at least one error, but now I'm nit-picking.

I look forward to the 4th edition, hopefully on decent paper and with slightly clearer (and accurate) track layouts of each of the main termini.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for any Railway fan 18 Sep 2012
Having recently got the 2nd edition and impressed with that I thought I'd 'upgrade' and get the 3rd edition. Although it's just an updated version from the 2nd edition it good see the format and easy to understand style has not changed. Although many books talk about the London Railway network no book has gone to great lengths to plot and show extensively the track layout which is weaved into the world famous London city.

It becomes apparent quickly that the author and his team must have spent thousands of hours on research, designing and compiling this book as it has a wealth of information. From the track layout it goes deeper showing the platforms, sidings and also the more private areas such as the vast depots scattered around the Underground.

The book aims to deliver factual information and does so beautifully.

Raj Kukadia
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First Class 29 Dec 2012
By Colin B
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Firstly, paper/print quality:-
Fears aroused by references to poor print/paper quality have proven largely unfounded, as far as I'm concerned. There is nothing wrong with the paper. Yes, if I look through a jeweller's eyepiece I can see fine "spotting" in and around the print, making it appear a little soft; but only at great magnification. To the naked eye (even with a regular magnifying glass) it is as clear and easy to read as any detailed text printed using the normal "four-colour half-tone process".

To the book itself:-
I can add little to previous praise for what is a stupendous achievement. The author has managed to combine full but clear details of current, historic and proposed layout, such as to give the reader great insight into the development of the railway in the greater London area.

Heartily recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I wanted 18 Sep 2012
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I've been looking for maps showing all London's rail network for some time. This is just what I wanted. It shows all London's Underground and surface lines with landmarks (river, canal and road) to aid location. There is considerable historical detail and some detail on future developments. An excellent reference work.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By David B
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The author is to be highly congratulated on the enormous amount of detailed research poured into this volume. Considerable improvements since the previous edition include greater geographical coverage, greater detail and dates showing day and month.
Alas, the quality of printing is below standard compared with previous editions. The text and graphics is not as sharp as it should be and close inspection reveals a fine spray of red ink dots surrounding the data.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars london railatlas 3rd edition 14 Sep 2012
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suberb atlas with mush work gone into producding it. Well worth the money to anyone who has the remotist intrest in railways of London. All lines included with opening/closing dates with future projects included. I am a very satified S.HEWITT
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars High standard 21 April 2013
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Detailed and well researched, but easy to follow. Cleverly identifies present and past railway layouts with expanded pages covering the more complex areas..
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
excellent copy full of detail
Published 3 days ago by Roger Davies
5.0 out of 5 stars The complete story
Amazing piece of work, I cannot praise what has been produced enough. The scholarship gathered and presented is staggereing
Published 18 days ago by Mr D W Styles
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, just what I wanted
Excellent, just what I wanted. If unused to Joe's miniaturised historical info, one can find it a chore to clarify the detail. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Richard Spencer
5.0 out of 5 stars An Exceptionally High Quality Publication
This is a stunningly well produced atlas. The detail is phenomenal and delivered with clarity. This guy has really done his homework. Read more
Published 3 months ago by K. Watts
5.0 out of 5 stars Eye Opening
This book is well written and researched and provides an amazing insight into the railways of this city. Easy to read and use.
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good atlas of London railways
This book is very comprehensive and detailed and is a great companion to other volumes on the railway history of ZLondon and the South East.
Published 6 months ago by Gordon P Torry
5.0 out of 5 stars On track and to the point!
This has developed well and kept up with the many developments in the capital's rail infrastructure. The third edition is the best yet and an enormously useful reference.
Published 9 months ago by C. Noel
4.0 out of 5 stars Bought as a present
Bought this as a present and haven't had any complaints from the recipient, so I guess all is OK with the purchase
Published 9 months ago by HeRo
5.0 out of 5 stars A really useful publication
This is a top rate publication, compiled by the author with loving care. It is well produced, clear and gives one the opportunity to study the railway system in London in depth. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mr. R. F. Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent update
This update has made this a must have purchase for anyone at all interested in London's railways.
The last edition proved to be very good and this edition captures more detail... Read more
Published 11 months ago by D. J. Jackson
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