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Metropolitan Railway And Connections ...

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Metropolitan Railway And Connections ... : Metropolitan Railway

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The Metropolitan Railway at the time of its greatest extent. In those days it was possible to travel with that company from the remote rural tranquillity of Brill in Buckinghamshire to the West End, or to the City and on to the commercial East End. This was the only underground company to offer Pullman cars. These coaches travelled from Aylesbury and Verney Junction to the West End and City from 1910 to 1939 and provided luxury catering for the business commuter. To verso are described various towns and villages, including the "choice residential Estates" in what the company had titled as "Metro-land." House-seekers are encouraged to buy on the various estates under construction "at most reasonable prices." Parcels could be sent through 44 Metropolitan stations. Also shown are lists of places of interest, shops and stores, theatres and music halls. Close examination shows that the map was constructed in a most unusual way. Perhaps because of the difficulties of condensing the long rural stretches of the railway on to the relatively short urban distances, the geography of the northern half is greatly distorted - Hampstead Garden Suburb is shown to the north of Luton and Golders Green is due east of St. Albans! A rare and fascinating ephemeral item of London's suburban development. Old repairs to weak folds nevertheless very acceptable.
mapmaker: Metropolitan Railway
place and date of publication: London 1928
medium and colour: lithograph, Original colour
size in mm: 340 by 415mm (13.5 by 16.25 inches).
ref: 40516

Price: £ 550

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