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London's Overground Hardcover – 2 Feb 2012

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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Ian Allan (2 Feb. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0711035245
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711035249
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 1.6 x 29.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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About the Author

John Glover is a transport professional, who has worked in the industry for the last 40 years. His prime interests are in rail, and he is active in many professional institutions as well as being an examiner for the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport. A social scientist by training, he has held managerial positions in the rail industry and in local government. Author of over 30 books, he has studied railways both at home and overseas.

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The London Overground is a heavy-rail concept - a 'real' railway, if you like - created by joining up various lines which were previously operated separately in order to form an outer circle route well beyond the existing underground Circle Line, together with a handful of linked radial routes. Probably the best-known component of the outer circle is the former East London line between Shoreditch an New Cross/New Cross Gate, utilising Marc Brunel's pioneering tunnel under the Thames between Wapping and Rotherhithe. Opened originally to pedestrian traffic in 1843, this was the first successful attempt to tunnel under a river anywhere in the world. Continuing clockwise, the new route diverges near Surrey Quays to join the South London Line near Queen's Road, Peckham, and thence to the West London Lines at Clapham. Passing through Kensington (Olympia) to Willesden, the route continues through Gospel Oak, Highbury and Islington and Dalston Junction to return to our starting point at Shoreditch. London Overground also embraces the service from Euston to Watford and the lines from Willesden to Richmond, Gospel Oak to Barking and Highbury and Islington to Stratford. There are also services from Highbury and Islington to West Croydon. Most of the system is already operational, and the last link - the South London section - is due to open later in 2012.

It's clear from the above that the creation of Lodon Overground has been a mammoth undertaking, and the project has had to overcome a whole raft of problens on the way to fulfillment. Even now, enthusiasts will be unable to ride around the circle without changing trains, as part of the system is powered by a 'main line' style AC overhead supply, and part by Southern-style DC third-rail supply.
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Just what you'd expect from the author of "London Underground" - interesting, detailed and informative. This book not only covers the current Overground but the history of the lines that existed beforehand.

My only gripe - the only map of the Overground is hidden on page 70 and is only half a page. I would have expected a full page map. And a map showing its interaction with other lines on Network Rail would have been a good addition. Something for the second edition, now that the Clapham Junction branch is open.
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By cairns TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 25 Jun. 2014
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A thorough and very interesting story of London's Overground. A blow by blow account of all the component parts and their development and everyday running, including historic background. There are plenty of photo's, mainly in colour, and some early track plans. There is however no real map showing it's position in the scheme of things. Very well worth getting. One particular point of interest to me was where BR did put forward partial schemes during their tenure. Of course, like so many of their great ideas it was not taken seriously as far as investment went. The book ends with a thought on where the future lies. It would be interesting to reread it in say ten years and to compare what the author says with what actually happened.
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The book in itself was fine, an excellent purchase. But the price was incredible, almost in the give-away stakes. I just couldn't believe it.
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