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5.0 out of 5 stars A unique piece of railway history now available to all
My father bought the three original booklets, which were self-published paperbacks, in the late 1940's when they first came out. I found them fascinating when I first read them in the 1960's, and equally fascinating now. It should be remembered that they were produced as a personal venture by one man, S.N. Pike, and that all the maps are hand drawn. Given the amount of...
Published on 8 May 2011 by Mr. Ian C. Kemp

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3.0 out of 5 stars Errors in the GWR recently commissioned equivalent
A very enjoyable and interesting read of S.N. Pikes three facsimile map books; however the recently commissioned GWR equivalent has a number of glaring errors if it is to portray the GWR in 1947! These include the county boundary at the River Thames, the western side being Berkshire and not Surrey, at Maidenhead station the road crosses as an underbridge and not an...
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A unique piece of railway history now available to all, 8 May 2011
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This review is from: Mile by Mile on Britain's Railways: The LNER, LMS, GWR and Southern Railway in 1947 (Hardcover)
My father bought the three original booklets, which were self-published paperbacks, in the late 1940's when they first came out. I found them fascinating when I first read them in the 1960's, and equally fascinating now. It should be remembered that they were produced as a personal venture by one man, S.N. Pike, and that all the maps are hand drawn. Given the amount of work and research this would have entailed, the quality is remarkable, as is the level of detail, and it is therefore not surprising that only a modest number of selected routes are covered, as noted by other reviewers. However, half a loaf is much better than none, as there has been nothing remotely equivalent to these booklets since they were written. So, kudos to the publishers for reprinting them in a single hardback volume (much more hard-wearing than the originals!), and for their enterprise in producing the missing section on the GWR (Pike presumably died before he could write this); it would have been nice for it to include the route to Cardiff and Swansea, but you can't have everything. The new GWR section is a worthy effort, though to me it lacks some of the additional insights and related material that Pike included; but again, it is definitely better to have it than not. The cover picture is cleverly adapted from that on the original "Southern Railway" volume, which again helps the period feel. For information, the routes covered are: Kings Cross to Edinburgh via York; Waterloo to Portsmouth, Weymouth, Exeter, Plymouth and Ilfracombe; St Pancras to Derby, Manchester, Nottingham, Sheffield and Leeds; Euston to Crewe and Liverpool; Paddington to Penzance and Bristol. Some sections are of course no longer extant.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Window seat facing, please, 23 April 2011
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This review is from: Mile by Mile on Britain's Railways: The LNER, LMS, GWR and Southern Railway in 1947 (Hardcover)
A delightful bit of rail nostalgia combining Stuart Pike's three look-out-of-the-window guides and a fourth that he never got round to publishing. Not a new idea because I have a 1928 book published by GWR in 1924 for a Paddington to Penzance journey and a 78 page King's Cross to Edinburgh, Inverness and Aberdeen book published by LNER in 1939. Both of these, though, are really guides to the geography and places along the route. Pike took the idea further by combining the landscape comments with a lot of technical information: speeds; gradients; mileage; journey times; cuttings; tunnels; water troughs: speed restrictions and more.

Pike, in the Author's Note for his third booklet, mentions a forthcoming GWR one covering Paddington to Penzance and Bristol. It was never published but is in the book through the research by Matt Thompson and route maps created by Reg Piggott. Both used rail information from 1947. The maps, being newly created look marvelous and it's a pity that Pike's from decades ago are slightly rough in comparison. Incidentally the page numbers are missing from the LMS booklet (Euston to Liverpool and St Pancras to Manchester, Nottingham and Leeds).

You can still travel, by rail, along the routes in the book but so much has changed since just after the war years, especially the disappearance of so many minor stations. One thing that hasn't are the roads that go under or over the tracks, especially in country areas and these might be the only thing that has remained constant. I recently spent a pleasant hour or so following the route from Waterloo to Southampton on Southern using the maps in the book and the 'AA Close-up Britain atlas'.

'Mile by mile' is the ideal title for the armchair rail fan capturing the feel of the railways when they really meant something to the country.

>>>LOOK AT SOME INSIDE PAGES by clicking 'customer images' under the cover.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Errors in the GWR recently commissioned equivalent, 24 Nov 2012
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This review is from: Mile by Mile on Britain's Railways: The LNER, LMS, GWR and Southern Railway in 1947 (Hardcover)
A very enjoyable and interesting read of S.N. Pikes three facsimile map books; however the recently commissioned GWR equivalent has a number of glaring errors if it is to portray the GWR in 1947! These include the county boundary at the River Thames, the western side being Berkshire and not Surrey, at Maidenhead station the road crosses as an underbridge and not an overbridge, the A423 had yet to be built, the Coley branch at Southcote Junction is missing and Didcot Power Station was not built until the 1960's. These are just a few errors from the eastern end of the GWR being the area I was familiar with during my early years. More attention to detail and proof reading would have avoided these.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mile By Mile on Britains Railways 1947 - compilation, 5 Jun 2011
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This is a facsimile reprint of the original four titles , now long out of print, in the same format but with a hard back cover (the originals were card) plus an extra bit to finish the GWR pamphlet from a different author. This is a must have guide for anyone wanting a guide to the principle line characteristics and lineside features of some major British rail links in 1947.
The SR gets the most coverage, with most of the Western section included. Coverage of the LMS includes Euston-Liverpool, St.Pancras-Manchester, Leeds and Nottingham.
The LNER covers Kings Cross -Edinburgh and The GWR covers Paddington-Bristol and Penzance. Altogether a nice re-package of sought after steam era memorabilia.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mile by Mile on Britain's Railways, 16 Dec 2012
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Ony covers the main lines. I was hoping for a greater coverage of the network. It is of limited use.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great little book but..., 17 July 2012
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Just bought this as a birthday present for my husband. He's really pleased with it, it does what it says on the tin but... How frustrating is it as he can't find any page numbers though these are referred to constantly in the index and beyond? Just wondered if he's missing something as it rather spoils a great little addition for a steam railway fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mile by Mile by S.N. Pike, 7 April 2012
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As a long time Raiwaly Enthusiast (since aprox 1943) I purchased all three of these pamphlets when first published. Due to household removals from London to the North West in 1949 over the years I had mislaid my original copies. Imagine my Joy when I discovered they had been re-produced and included the GWR Edition. Its now in Hardbacked Form and is full of nostalgia and information one can trace many locations even to-day. The puchase price from Amazon which included free Postage was just wonderful value. Highly recommended for any Main line rail journeys.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Miles of reading, 16 May 2011
This review is from: Mile by Mile on Britain's Railways: The LNER, LMS, GWR and Southern Railway in 1947 (Hardcover)
This book was all I expected and gives a great insight into the railways we used to have. 'Wainright' in style the book contains so much detail that it bears a second and even a third reading to pick up snippets you missed on earlier reads. It is a good book for dipping into and reliving journeys made many years ago. All in all this was undoubtedly a good buy.Mile by Mile on Britain's Railways: The LNER, LMS, GWR and Southern Railway in 1947
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5.0 out of 5 stars On the right rails, 14 May 2011
This review is from: Mile by Mile on Britain's Railways: The LNER, LMS, GWR and Southern Railway in 1947 (Hardcover)
Fantastic book - superb detail. Very nostalgic. Lots more in it than appears from the title.Hours will be spent pouring over this book or watching it from a train window. Brilliant.
Amazing value for such an old publication.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Only Of Limited Use, 3 Feb 2012
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Nothing much more to add to other reviews, the book does have a rather a limited amount of lines.

Unfortunatly the official books used to base these books on, "BR's Sectional Appendixes" cost a small fortune as quite a number were issued.

There is a site though that has all the appendixes from 1960 to look at, (just before the Beeching Axe)

Simply put in your favourite search engine, "british railways 1960", and the site will come up.

The modern versions are also available too in map format .....

go to Network Rails website, and type in the search field in the top right hand corner ...

"National Electronic Sectional Appendix"

Then go to the bottom of the page for a hard copy download

This will give you the actual maps todays drivers are given.
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