Found between the books

I mentioned yesterday that we were decorating. Bookshelves have to be emptied and that means the odd treasure turns up.

Here’s one of them – a Metropolitan Railway map of London.


That’s just the cover. The map itself opens out.


It certainly makes sure the Metropolitan lines, shown in red, are highly visible.

The map doesn’t carry a date, but there are clues.


Finsbury Park station tells us it is for the L&NE Rly. The London and North Eastern Railway was formed in 1923 and lasted until 1948. However, the old Metropolitan Railway became a part of the London Passenger Transport Board in 1933. So that really gives the map a date of between 1923 and 1933. For those who like the strange or bizarre items, the map shows the Brill branch.


Between 1933 and its closure in 1935, Brill, a remote village in the Chilterns, was served by London Underground trains!

This map has other useful information.


Cheap fares to Metro-land could take customers to pretty villages and some are shown on the back of the map.


But for people who need the information, central London is explained too


That’s quite a historic piece.


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