Railway Maps of the World

Railway Maps of the World

Book - 2011
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A gorgeously illustrated collection of the world's greatest railway maps and posters, historical and contemporary.

Transit Maps of the World was an extraordinary and unexpected success and is now a cult favorite. In his irresistible follow-up Mark Ovenden has produced a mesmerizing compendium of historical and contemporary railway maps and posters from every corner of the world. Hundreds of images, covering two centuries of railway advertising, surveyors' plans, travel posters, satellite photos, and station wall maps, are combined with text brimming with vivid historical details and charming anecdotes.

Part One presents the stunning visual material chronologically, from the Liverpool and Manchester Railway of 1830 to the proposed 2020 high speed networks of China. Part Two is an atlas of maps from more than one hundred countries from Algeria to Argentina to Zambia and Zimbabwe. Appendixes include a trove of factoids, track stats and information about rail operators and rail museums. Railway Maps of the World is a visual delight for your eyes, making it a must have for every train fanatic-armchair or ticketed-history buff, and lover of graphic design.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2011
ISBN: 9780670022656
Branch Call Number: 385.09 OVE 2011
Characteristics: vi, 138 p. ill. (chiefly col.), maps (chiefly col.)


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BookReviewer2015 Aug 17, 2014

A great historical survey of the world's railways via their maps and charts!

Jan 04, 2014

The book gives a good sampling of the depth and breadth of rail maps available across the planet since railways were first built. Many styles, many artistic hands, across the decades.

Well worth your time.

Sep 12, 2011

Comprehensive, but my husband and I both agree that having larger maps would make this an excellent book. A much larger book, to be sure, but much more interesting. Well, the schematic rail lines needn't be enlarged, because they don't tell you any geography anyway.

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