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British Railway Atlas 1955 (Railway Atlas) Hardcover – 22 Apr 2010

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  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Ian Allan Ltd; Re-issue edition (30 Nov. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0711027269
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711027268
  • Product Dimensions: 18.1 x 1.2 x 24.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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To say I was disappointed on receiving this book is an understatement! What was the editorial team doing. Certainly not proof reading. It is all very well to number locations through lack of space, but not to ensure the legends are complete and correct is negligent. For instance, page fifteen the legend lists numbers 6 to 13, but on the map I can only find 1 to 5. There are several other similar examples.
However the biggest disappointment are the London map pages. Given the complexity of the network, surely this area warranted blowing up to 12 pages as in S.K.Baker's Rail Atlas. Given this publication's reputation [and being an imprint of Ian Alan] why was not this format used so that a direct comparison be made of then and now? There is also an inconsistency in the way underground and tunnels are shown. I assume that the underground lines are in black, but this is not noted in the introduction nor on pages 39/40. The Central line to the east of London seems to start at Leyton and the line from Newbury Park to Ilford is not shown. Tunnels are shown as thin lines in some places [grids c5/6], but not elsewhere. Why are some underground lines shown and not others? Come on let us have consistency. There are 45 pages of maps, but 32 [un-numbered] pages of the Index to Passenger stations, whereas the Rail atlas has 90 pages of maps[ not including Ireland and 18 pages of index using a smaller but still perfectly adequate font. The next edition of British Railways Atlas 1955 has to be MUCH BETTER if I am to buy it.
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I have other Atlas books similar to this one and I am extremely impressed by their high standard and clarity. The Railways in 1955 were almost at there greatest extent, so this one must have been a great challenge. However it is well up to the mark and a fascinating read. I have spent hours already reading it, but of course it is forever valuable as a reference. It will give me years of pleasure I am sure. Roger Norton
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A useful reference source, clearly presented, but not 100% accurate for 1955: for example the former Great Central London Extension is shown as being part of the London Midland region, but according to authoritative sources it was a part of the Eastern Region in 1955 and didn't transfer until 1st February 1958. A shame really, it spoils an otherwise fine book.
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This atlas provides an interesting snapshot of the British Railways network before the Beeching Axe fell. It includes a large scale London section.
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For those interested in Railway History, this is a must. Hours of absorbing reading before looking for the remaining architecture.
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Bought as a present, I have no opinion on the quality of this book. However, the recipient appears to like it.
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