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4.0 out of 5 stars Almost, but not quite....., 24 Feb 2013
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This review is from: London Railway Atlas 3rd edition (Hardcover)
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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