London’s Railway Network in 1897

INTRODUCTION

This post came about because yesterday when I was looking through my map collection I found a facsimile map of the London Railway Network in 1897.

WHY 1897?

Well, 1897 was the year of Queen Victoria’s (until recently Britain’s longest reigning monarch) diamond Jubilee. This map covers a much smaller area than today’s London Connections maps, and is geographical rather than schematic. One reason for this is that much of the outer suburbs of today’s London had not been built up at all (the area where I grew up, which is near the southern edge of this map, and in today’s zone 3, was developed between 1890 and 1905, so some of it would have been built up).

PICTURES

This is the 1897 Map
This is the 1897 Map
This by way of comparison is the 2015 version.
This by way of comparison is the 2015 version.

IF YOU LIKE THE 1897 MAP…

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Unfortunately Book Depository who offer free worldwide delivery do not have any copies in stock at the moment, but abebooks have a number of copies starting at £14.92 ($23.03).

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