- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Ian Allan; 2 edition (3 Mar. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0711034583
- ISBN-13: 978-0711034587
- Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 1.9 x 21.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 673,916 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
abc Rail Guide 2011 Hardcover – 3 Mar 2011
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In a nutshell the book starts with a reprinted ATOC guide for train spotters. It then moves on to a section about individual train companies. Each train company has some bullet points about it, followed by a map. Some of these maps are very comprehensive (First Great Western), others are a broad outline, and some have major parts of the network missing (i.e. no mention of Southern's services to Portsmouth/Southampton or Milton Keynes). It then moves on to train numbers of each invidivual type of train that company has. There are lots of (small) photos with captions which provide a limited amount of information about each company. Similar sections are provided for the freight companies, infracos etc.., but no maps of where their trains might be seen are included.
Another failing of the book is that there's a section on off-lease rolling stock, there's a section about passenger coaching stock, but it just lists numbers, no idea idea as to what type of carriages they might be. The metro system section has no useful information about the Underground, despite it carrying a few million passengers per day. The rest of the book contains tick lists for train spotters.
This is a good book for train spotters. But for anyone else who is interested about learning more about the train companies themselves or the actual trains I'd save your money and buy other books. In particular Traction Recognition is a much better read by the same author.
However, the product details given on this page are mis-leading as I can find no information about obtaining depot passes or any specific information about good places to obtain photographs. It is, however, still fantastic value for money and, as such, highly recommended.
Easy to use maps for planning your journey with a certain train operating company.
A great book !!
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A superbly produced reference book with excellent colour photos that is a must buy for any railway enthusiasts book collection.Published 3 months ago by Rumpole