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London Railway Atlas Hardcover – 26 Feb 2015
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Any purchaser, in my view, will have hours and hours of enjoyment looking at the maps and detailed index.
Finally, the fact this is the 4th edition of the book indicates how indispensable this book really is. The binding is stitched so the pages will not fall out as happens with `perfect` bound ones.
There is nothing comparable on-the-market.
The Index is much easier to read using a larger font and tabular format. Several reviewers of the third edition alluded to the print quality issue of that edition. I am pleased to say that the print quality of the fourth edition has been restored to clean sharp text. A handy book mark has been included, printed with the explanation of map symbols. Whilst the Atlas is generally up to date to 2014, some recent changes have not been included such as the reduction in the number of terminal platforms at London Bridge to six (shown in the 2018 diagram but not on page 39), and realignment of the St Albans Abbey branch at Watford Junction.
This Atlas is a masterpiece of mapping of the railways of London involving a prodigious amount of research for which Mr Brown is to be congratulated. The level of detail is phenomenal and the integration of historical layouts using lighter shades is well executed without making the view of today’s railways look cluttered. I have no hesitation in recommending this as a worthy edition to the reference bookshelf of anyone interested in the history, and current day operations, of London’s railways.
Having written a few books and articles myself, I have a good idea of what is involved but have done nothing on this scale. I can see what a labour of love this must have been and when one speaks of a lifetimes work this must be a prime example. I am always fascinated by well drawn cartography and it doesn't get any better than this. It may well be worth reading in conjunction with Col. Michael Cobb's opus 'The Railways of Great Britain - A Historical Atlas', which I see gets a mention in the references used, to show those who like me don't know the London area as well as I perhaps should. The two books go together, both excellent publications.
Book prices continue to rise and at £20.00 this is so very much worth every penny.
It certainly gets 5 stars from me. The only minor point which could perhaps be taken in to account, is the tiny printing in some places. I can read it but only just!
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