There is an undoubted fascination both with railway atlases and with the 'Then & Now' comparative approach to railway history. First published in 2012, the Railway Atlas Then and Now provides historical and present-day maps alongside each other for direct comparison. Based around thePre-Grouping Atlas and Gazetteer, the left-hand of the two maps records the railway industry as it existed in 1923, whilst the right-hand page shows it as it exists today.
The contemporary maps include information about the railway lines that have been closed and converted into either walking or cycling routes. Other information given includes the location of all steam sheds and current diesel depots. The book includes 45 maps from each period - making a total of 90pp of mapping in all - alongside a detailed gazetteer and brief introduction.
This edition has been completely updated to show the complete railway network in Britain in 2015 in the 'Now' maps. The maps are enlarged slightly to make them clearer and easier to read and the authors have also added a list of all stations that opened and closed between the 1923 Grouping and the present day.
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