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Rail Atlas Great Britain and Ireland 12th edition [Hardcover]

S. K. Baker
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Book Description

6 May 2010
To the railway enthusiast fraternity, Baker's Rail Atlas is the Bible. One of the most successful railway books ever published, it has achieved sales well in excess of 100,000 over 11 editions. Everyone connected with the railway enthusiast market will be delighted with the arrival of the fully updated 12th edition. The book portrays the railway network on the British Isles, differentiating between passenger and freight lines, as well as between single and multi-track sections. The books also shows preserved lines, freight terminals, LRT schemes, passenger stations, lines under construction, proposed lines, depots, etc. This new edition will be fully updated to reflect the developments in railway and LRT infrastructure due for completion by 2010 as well as those schemes currently under development. These projects will include all of the railway investment linked into the 2012 Olympic Games as well as the reopening of the Ebbw Vale line to passenger services, continued expansion of the West Coast main line, significant numbers of new railway stations, the completion of a number of projects in Scotland and much else.

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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford Publishing Company; 12th Revised edition edition (6 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0860936325
  • ISBN-13: 978-0860936329
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 17.5 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 304,530 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Educated in Bradford and at Oxford University, Stuart Baker has been compiling the Rail Atlas since it was first published in 1977, combining its regular update with senior positions in today's railway industry in Britain. His professional career started with British Rail from university and his operational career concluded as Operations Director with one of the privatised Train Operating Companies. Since the late 1990s he has held a number of senior positions within the strategic railway industry and is currently based within the Department for Transport, where he is Deputy Director for National Rail Projects. Married with a family, he lives in York but also has a flat in London.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Useful Book 21 May 2010
Just recently got this book and think it is a comprehensive atlas to the Rail Network of Great Britain and Ireland. It shows everything you'd expect it to show such as:
Main Lines
Light Railways
Miniature Railways
Private Railways
Freight Railways

Also includes the Channel Tunnel Terminal at Folkstone. As far as I can see it doesn't seem to contain any errors or omissions so recommend this to all rail enthusiasts. Other reviewers for this and many other Railway atlas's/diagrams say Bakers Maps aren't the best, I tend to disagree.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I have bought this series of books for many years and have always found them invaluable when planning and travelling around the country either on the train or by car to photograph the railway scene and also as a way of reflecting on the changes that have occured to our railway system over the years.
Highly recommended reference book for anyone interested in our railway system.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Track down your latest line 15 Jun 2010
Using Mr Baker's excellent up to date Rail Atlas of Britain and Ireland one can find where all the different railway tracks run, and whether they be for all rail traffic or freifgt only. Proposed future developments are also dotted in. It would be nice to see them all come to fruition. On Page 26 there is an excellent inset showing the layout of the tracks to St Pancras and King's Cross stations ~ very useful when used in conjuction with an aerial photograph to figure out which line goes where! A very good buy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good...but could be better 2 Mar 2011
I think that the Rail Atlas is probaby the most 'accessible' rail mapping production: I agree with other reviewers that Trackmaps wins on detail and accuracy, but then the Rail Atlas is all between 2 covers and easy to digest. Also, like other reviewers, I'm disappointed that some of the updates/omissions that I emailed to Stuart Baker have not been actioned: Britain's only inland cliff railway, at Bridgnorth, for example - this oddity has gone up for sale this week...will it ever make it into the Atlas...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not much to add really 30 Dec 2011
By John
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It's an atlas of the British railway system, if you are interested in Britain's Railways you need this. nuff said!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rail Enthusiast's Dream 19 Dec 2011
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The title of my review says it all - in fact, I bought it for a good friend who loves both maps and railways.
I have an earlier edition and was confident this one would be as good if not better.
He's thrilled to bits with it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive volume of information 21 Sep 2011
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Comprehensive volume of information. If you are interested then this atlas will satisfy your curiosity. Very full details of the british rail network.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Been a Railway enthusiast for over 40 years plus in the Rail industry 25 of those, & resenty interested now in current Freight workings.
Helped by the freightmaster web site.
Never in the past had the book, which was first published in 1977.
this an up to date 2010 Edition.
For the currect UK rail network a must !
This book gives all the freight depot locations & stations which is a great help in working out movements & train paths.
Plus on doing small local Railrover (we did the Yorkshire day rover) the book is a great help.
Any one interested in Railway Frieght or planning days out by train its a great help.
Gives all passenger & clearly 'freight only' lines
Also good value from Amazon.
Thanks, Peter
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A very clear atlas of all the railways of GB and Ireland.
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a full and accurate review of the total rail network in definitive detail and easily understood. I look forward to the next edition.
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