|There is an undoubted fascination in looking at maps. Historic or contemporary, maps provide a snapshot of a specific location or a broader region and, the more complex the area covered, the greater the interest.
This latest volume in the 'Railways of Britain' - covering London south of the Thames and the county of Surrey -is the fifth in this well-received series to be published and provides, with the earlier volume on London north of the Thames, comprehensive coverage of the railways of Greater London.
The detailed maps, designed to provide an historical perspective of the railways and their place within the broader geography of the area, are combined with a narrative outlining the history of the railway development of the area and a representative selection of photographs portraying varying aspects of the region's railway history.
Also included is a detailed gazetteer detailing the opening and closing dates of both passenger stations and freight facilities, making the book a superb reference volume for all those interested in the history and contemporary operation of railways in south London and Surrey.
Colin McCarthy and David McCarthy