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Large Hardback 28 x 22 cm, in Fine condition, Third edition, with coloured maps. Unpaginated. First published to critical acclaim in 2006, then in an enlarged and updated second edition in 2009 to include more detail, this new fully revised third edition of the London Railway Atlas will be warmly welcomed by all enthusiasts. This fascinating book gives a detailed mapping of the myriad of lines which traverse the city, including both London Underground and ex-BR networks. Each map also illustrates the geographical relationship between the overground and underground network, which will be invaluable for modellers. All the maps on the large format pages show all tracks and platforms. Through constant research, the author has amassed a vast amount of new information, both present day and historical, on the most complex railway network in the British Isles. The atlas shows all the lines in London, both open and closed, stations, changes of station name, and station opening and closing dates. All changes which have affected both the surface and underground networks have been included and the atlas is intended to reflect the network at the point of the Olympic opening ceremony. For the third edition, the author has redrawn every map to a much higher degree of accuracy and added much more detail on industrial railways. All the recent openings on London Overground Rail Operations Ltd (LOROL) and the Docklands Light Railway are shown, and further LOROL expansion and Crossrail is shown under construction. One of the biggest changes in this edition is the conversion of all dates from a simple YYYY to DD/MM/YYYY format, and plenty more research has taken place to provide a near complete chronology of all lines and stations (including goods yards). The new edition also includes better mapping of watercourses for context, inclusion of place names, and conversion of text boxes to lower case rather than plain capitals. The coverage has also been expanded slightly out to some logical places on the edge of London, e.g. Windsor, Tilbury, Gravesend, Redhill, so there are more standard map pages (74 versus the current 48), giving an increased number of pages for this edition of 128 pages. The author also shows electrification and gauge maps of all of London (i.e. all of London on a single page showing different electrification and gauges over the years). This comprehensive atlas has proved to be an indispensable work of reference to railway enthusiasts and London historians and the fully revised new edition will continue to be required reading.