Underground Maps Unravelled
Explorations in Information Design
The famous map of the London Underground was originally inspired by electrical schematics and its clarity has inspired similar maps around the world. In this highly illustrated analysis of the design and usability of transport maps, the author demonstrates many alternative schemes for London and other cities that challenge preconceptions and use different organizational design principles to make journey planning easier and create visual harmony.
The Tower to Bispham
The Blackpool Tramway Since 1960, Volume Two
The famous tramway along Blackpool Promenade developed from a precarious survivor in the early 1960s into a Supertram which uses some of the most modern vehicles in the world. This book, the second of three, covers the three miles from the Tower to Bispham in more than 420 photographs, 360 of them in colour.
The Colours of Yesterday's Trolleybuses
Once a common sight in towns and cities across the UK, trolleybuses disappeared from our streets half a century ago. This book records the history of all 37 postwar networks. Geographically ordered, it ranges from Bournemouth to Belfast with entries on every system, each with a map. Colour photographs illustrate the vehicles, in their varied liveries, at work in busy urban centres.
The Colours of West Yorkshire
These colour photographs, dating to the 1960s and early 1970s, display the varied scene of municipal bus operators and private companies in the cities of West Yorkshire. A wide range of vehicles were in operation including AECs, Leylands, Bristols and Albions, which are identified along with locations and routes in detailed captions.
The Colours of South Yorkshire
In sections on the municipals – Sheffield, Doncaster and Rotherham – the independents and the ‘incomers’ of the early 1970s, this volume shows the colourful buses in the stations or on the streets, offering a glimpse of South Yorkshire in the years before the downturn in mining and heavy industry.
The Colours of Scottish Cities
In chapters on Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Dundee, the ‘country’ buses of the Scottish Bus Group and earlier independent companies, this volume of over 250 colour photographs, explores the liveries of Scottish buses over the period from the late 1940s to the 1970s. The texts accompanying the photographs give details of the vehicles, routes and locations as well as livery.
Underground and Overground Trains
This illustrated guide to the rolling stock of London’s rail network covers the London Underground, London Overground, TfL Rail and the engineers’ trains. It gives insights into the evolution of the system and the afterlife of old stock in locations around the British Isles, and includes a directory of the serial numbers of all units currently in service.
Southdown at War
The apple-green and cream buses of Southdown Motor Services operated a territory along the south coast from Portsmouth in the west to Hastings in the east. This illustrated history focuses on the company’s wartime services, examining how it coped with the disruption of air raids during the Blitz and the later V1 flying bombs, and the heightened security and restricted movement that came when thousands of troops gathered in the region in the months before D-Day.
Despite the electrification of many of the main line routes in Sussex during the 1930s, there were still steam locomotives running across the region in the 1950s and 1960s, including Bulleid Light Pacifics working services beyond the county and smaller engines on freight and shunting duties. Charting the scene during the last years of steam, many of the photographs in this collection are in colour and additional illustrations include period tickets, labels and timetables.
Western Branch Lines
From Brunel's Royal Albert Bridge across the Tamar to Aberdovey and Towyn on the Cambrian Coast Line, David Soggee's colour photographs show the stations and tracks of Western Region branch lines as they were in the 1950s and early 1960s, before diesel traction and the Beeching closures had made significant impact. The photographs are accompanied by detailed commentaries, packed with information on the lines and locomotives.