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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: 21.4 x 1.4 x 30 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 185,656 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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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 11 Sept. 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Peter Kazmierczak on 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 29 Dec. 2012
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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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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By donrajah on 18 Sept. 2012
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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 18 Sept. 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 on 25 Dec. 2012
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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 By RAILWAY 907 on 14 Sept. 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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By gregbarter on 14 Aug. 2012
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I received my copy of the 3rd edition from amazon.co.uk, and it is a significant improvement to edition 2.

This all new geographically accurate edition contains a glossary of railway technology; there is a detailed explanation of map symbols used; the key to the maps covers 2 pages; extended coverage to GLA includes Slough, Tilbury, Gravesend, Orpington, Redhill, Shenfield, Windsor and Leatherhead; scales are included for every map page; detailed waterways are shown; geographic place names are given; more accurate indexing throughout; maps are larger than previous edition; printing is sharper and more clear; all colors are deeper and richer; London's railway linesare revealed completely as never seen before in one volume; sidings and depots have greater detail; 35 new stations have been added. The main map pages and inserts cover over 690 passenger stations on nearly 100 square miles of area; reference sources are given. Altogether better than edition 2.

Joe Brown has put his heart and soul into this book. It has been worth the wait to get my hands on this atlas. I recommend the London Railway Atlas 3rd edition to anyone reading this review.
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