Railway Clearing House Atlas of London 1935
The Railway Clearing House was the official body established in the 19th century to facilitate inter-company payments for through tickets and traffic when passengers and freight were handled by more than one railway company. The payments depended upon the mileage covered over each railway company's lines with the result that detailed and accurate information on the mileage of the railway lines was required. In order to further this, over the years the RCH produced a number of highly detailed (and colourful) maps covering the national railway system as well as more detailed maps outlining complex junctions.
Inevitably, one of the most complex networks was that serving London. where lines of all the 'Big Four' companies formed an intricate web of lines that radiated to all points of the compass. The 1930s were, in many ways, the pinnacle of the railway age. The primary means of transport for both passenger and freight, the railways still represented the 'Common Carrier'. Although modernisation was starting to have an impact in terms of electrification, traditional operating practices were still predominant. This resulted in numerous passenger and freight stations throughout the region, many of which are now but a memory. This new addition to Ian Allan Publishing's comprehensive series of railway atlases draws upon the official RCH atlas of the railways in London for 1935. The four-colour maps - which are reproduced in facsimile form - graphically record the complex network of metropolitan railway lines with the routes of each company clearly identified. The book also includes a comprehensive gazetteer of the stations featured, making it an essential work of reference for all those interested in the railways of the period.
Hardback, 64 pages, 45 maps with index
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