Guides The Reader Through London S Many Remaining Disused Underground And Main Line Railway Structures This Book Includes Abandoned Tunnels, Derelict Stations, Old Trackbeds And That Can Be Viewed In A Series Of Guided Walks And Short Tube And Train Journeys, Devised And Investigated By The Author Review Title Here isn t there any A month into my business assignment to London I have learned to love the Underground and started to learn to ride it like a local I know which car to ride to be closest to the Way Out at my home station I walk instead of stand on the escalators I slap my top up fare card on the reader and stroll on through the gates and around the tourists trying to figure out how to get through And I ve started to learn a little about the history of the many lines and stops that make up this first and most famous urban underground rail system To that end I bought Ben Pedrone s small book about stations that used to be but aren t.The history he gives is interesting, but I was disappointed that the 12 different walks he describes are not provided with maps It is appropriate that a book about railway stations in London would be based on walks because for all the Underground stops in London there are over 400 it is still a pedestrian city My journey to my primary work site here is about 4 miles, according to Google Maps Even riding the Underground I still end up walking 1.25 miles of that.London is also an ancient city with streets that don t follow straight lines and meet at right angle intersections Away from the Thames, which provides a west to east boundary that divides north from south and provides a reliable compass, navigating the maze of streets is difficult even with a map Trying to follow these walks without a map just by following the written directions would be nigh impossible.The other thing to know about London is that it is a city under constant reconstruction, hence the several railway stations that have been abandoned, rebuilt, repurposed, moved or torn down that Pedroche describes The view of central London from my hotel is a skyline of construction cranes interrupted by the occasional building This means that walking directions may be impossible to follow as streets and sidewalks are closed for reconstruction or completely rerouted Any book published four years ago like this one would be out of date in many of its walking directions It would be wise to check online before setting off on foot.The pocketable size of this book makes it convenient to carry, but the lack of maps and four year old walking directions make carrying it to carry out the walks a bit risky Walker beware. For someone with just basic knowledge about London streets and rails but huge interest to find like me , this book is a good starter to point out what you can find practically everywhere I just returned from London before I read the book, so for a while I have no possibility to go and look the places myself Still this is a good appetizer for imagination The information content is mainly just stating the facts, but thanks to this the small book has lots of them.
Is a well-known author, some of his books are a fascination for readers like in the Do Not Alight Here book, this is one of the most wanted Ben Pedroche author readers around the world.
- 142 pages
- Do Not Alight Here
- Ben Pedroche
- 13 January 2017 Ben Pedroche