London Railway Atlas 3rd edition Hardcover – 2 Aug 2012
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Greatly expanded from the previous editions it contains more and more minutiae making it a masterwork of the History of London's Railways as well as a cartographic record.
Sadly and unlike previous editions the publisher seems to have gone for a cheaper poorly coated paper leaving some of the detailed printing - of which there is a great deal - indistinct and lacking in depth. Shame on you, Ian Allan.
It becomes apparent quickly that the author and his team must have spent thousands of hours on research, designing and compiling this book as it has a wealth of information. From the track layout it goes deeper showing the platforms, sidings and also the more private areas such as the vast depots scattered around the Underground.
The book aims to deliver factual information and does so beautifully.
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.
Alas, the quality of printing is below standard compared with previous editions. The text and graphics is not as sharp as it should be and close inspection reveals a fine spray of red ink dots surrounding the data.
Fears aroused by references to poor print/paper quality have proven largely unfounded, as far as I'm concerned. There is nothing wrong with the paper. Yes, if I look through a jeweller's eyepiece I can see fine "spotting" in and around the print, making it appear a little soft; but only at great magnification. To the naked eye (even with a regular magnifying glass) it is as clear and easy to read as any detailed text printed using the normal "four-colour half-tone process".
To the book itself:-
I can add little to previous praise for what is a stupendous achievement. The author has managed to combine full but clear details of current, historic and proposed layout, such as to give the reader great insight into the development of the railway in the greater London area.
This all new geographically accurate edition contains a glossary of railway technology; there is a detailed explanation of map symbols used; the key to the maps covers 2 pages; extended coverage to GLA includes Slough, Tilbury, Gravesend, Orpington, Redhill, Shenfield, Windsor and Leatherhead; scales are included for every map page; detailed waterways are shown; geographic place names are given; more accurate indexing throughout; maps are larger than previous edition; printing is sharper and more clear; all colors are deeper and richer; London's railway linesare revealed completely as never seen before in one volume; sidings and depots have greater detail; 35 new stations have been added. The main map pages and inserts cover over 690 passenger stations on nearly 100 square miles of area; reference sources are given. Altogether better than edition 2.
Joe Brown has put his heart and soul into this book. It has been worth the wait to get my hands on this atlas. I recommend the London Railway Atlas 3rd edition to anyone reading this review.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My husband has spent hours pouring over the maps and studying the sidings. A hobby anorak, he is yet to curse a factual error, so a good buy!Published 7 months ago by madcatlady
Rail maps of the London area that compliments the similar Quail maps of the area; by showing closed lines in relation to the present day.Published 9 months ago by dante
A good book for railway enthusiasts. It is not like a normal atlas as it shows tracks and stations, but maps of journeys. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Susan Bailey
It's no more than a detailed A-Z map of the railway lines in and around London, but it's fascinating to see how all the lines relate, and where that little branch line you've been... Read morePublished 19 months ago by foxwatcher
Great resource for those interested in the history of London's railwaysPublished 20 months ago by Greg Newsum