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Today's London Overground (Hardback)

A Pictorial Overview

Transport London Photographic Books Colour Books Trains and Railways England London Transport

By Justin Bailey
Imprint: Pen & Sword Transport
Pages: 176
Illustrations: 200 colour illustrations & a system map
ISBN: 9781526772626
Published: 30th August 2021

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The Orange Line, the Ginger Line or the M25 Railway, call it what it what you will, the London Overground, born in 2007, has become one of London’s transport success stories. Running complimentary to, and in some places, in combination with, London Underground, it carries more than 180 million passengers a year on 9 lines and serves 112 stations over a combined length of more than 100 miles.

An amalgamation of several commuter lines (and one London Underground Line) that ring London it now branches out to all points of the compass.

Over recent years it’s also undergone unprecedented change and investment (with a few troubles along the way) with the phasing out of old and the introduction of new rolling stock.

This book takes a photographic look at these changes including a look at the routes, the stations and the trains including Classes 172, 315, 317, 378 and the brand new 710s with a brief history of each. And with so much freight sharing the Overground routes this is briefly looked at as well.

This photographic volume looks at the relatively new London Overground system, its origins and changes since its inception in 2007. The book is arranged into chapters covering each Overground route. Well reproduced photographs accompany a brief summary of each route’s history. As expected Class 378 units dominate the photos at a variety of locations on each of the Overground lines. As well as Class 378, the photos also feature LUL 1972 and S7 Stock, as well as LO Classes 172, 313, 315, 317, 350, 375, 390, 455, 456 and the newest units to appear, the Class 710s. An interesting facet is that some of the routes feature freight traffic, with Classes 37, 66, 86, 90 appearing in the photos. Photos of the infrastructure also feature throughout the book. This is a well laid out general overview of this interesting system. Recommended for those interested in the more recent London urban rail scene.

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About Justin Bailey

Justin Bailey was born in Woolwich South East London, having grown up with a lifelong passion for trains, transport and history related subjects.


He has worked in the book industry since the age of fifteen as a bookseller for two leading specialist transport bookshops, Motor books and the Ian Allan Transport Bookshop, also working as a sales rep for a book distributer.


He is a keen photographer of all things transport and travel related, he combines these subjects whenever he can.


His first book The Lost Railways of Wiltshire published in 2006, went into a second print run.


He has also contributed to railway magazines and periodicals, Justin currently lives in West London with his wife Vicky.

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