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Ken Garland [Publisher: Capital 1994] Hardback 80 pages
Fully illustrated with colour in a large format, this is a striking book which graphically illustrates the development of Harry Beck's diagrammatic map of the Underground. Whilst Beck established the familiar style, the last true map of his was usurped by an inferior imitator from April 1960. Thereafter Beck was effectively "frozen out" of the map's development and arguably not given sufficient credit for his development. Set against the trials and tribulations of the Underground's development and written by someone who enjoyed a long first hand acquiantance with Beck, this is a fascinating and even slightly sad story.
Tony Beard [Publisher: Capital 2002] Hardback 136 pages
A very attractively produced book, detailing the intriguing story of an unrealised extension of the Northern Line from Edgware into the Chiltern countryside. One reason for the extension was the need for a large new depot, the construction of which reached an advanced stage before the Second World War altered the buildings intended purpose to one of aircraft production. An enormous amount of work on the extension was completed before it was finally abandoned, as the fascinating photographs and plans in this book graphically depict.
Matthew Wharmby and R.C. Riley [Publisher: Ian Allan 2013] Hardback 96 pages
The title is a bit of a misnomer, as this is actually a collection of the late Dick Riley's colour photographs of London Transport buses, centred around his home location of Beckenham. This is a very stylish production and the captions are detailed and offer a lot of information to accompany the universally good photographs. One slight quibble is the "style over substance" of light grey text over white on the introduction and chapter headings, all but unreadable but thankfully the captions are clearly printed in black typeface, all in all a very nice book despite the foregoing.
J.E. Connor [Publisher: Capital 2001] Softback 128 pages
A new softback edition of a terrific book, describing the many and varied underground stations thjat have become disused over the years. The stories and details of why stations were closed and re-sited are intriguing and varied, and as the book explains this process has been going on for years The surviving remains and traces are quite extensive, especially considering the value of space in the Capital. I think my favourite is the Acton Town to South Acton branch, worked at closure in 1959 by a single car unit running to a corrugated iron and timber terminus - Colonel Stephens comes to the Capital. A truly fascinating and wonderful book.
Jonathan Riddell [Publisher: Capital 1998] Hardback 96 pages
Stylishly produced in full colour, this book is a joyful reminder of the poster art used by London Transport in order to generate some traffic for a complex railway system during its quieter moments, ie weekends and evenings. The subjects are wide ranging from the Boat Race to the Imperial War Museum, and include examples of posters by Edward Bawden, who did the artwork for the "Titfield Thunderbolt".
Tim Demuth [Publisher: Capital 2004] Hardback 32 pages
Visually striking and endlessly fascinating, a large format all-colour book that shows how the Underground system has developed from 1863 up until the present. A combination of detailed chronology, station opening and closing dates, photographs and 16 full colour maps drawn in the style of today's diagrammatic system map - hard to put down.
Andrew Emmerson [Publisher: Capital 2013] Softback 84 pages
An attractively produced and informative all colour book that describes the stock currently running on London's dense network of railways above and below ground. As the author explains this is a time of massive upgrading and investment, and the book reflects this well with lots of stylish new stock appearing alongside more familiar looking trains. The book includes short sections on both "preserved" and engineers stock, and includes full listings of all stock.
Jim Blake [Publisher: Visions International 2018] Softback 98 pages
A great book, well produced pictorial record as per the title, with a huge range of very good pictures of the wonderful stock that inhabited the LT system of my youth. Captions are well informed and comprehensive and the author clearly has a love for and good knowledge of his subject. This is a really good collection of images, my personal favourite section being the glorious coverage of the confusingly varied Q stock cars, a few of which are happily preserved for posterity.