London Transport

Underground Maps 1948 - 1956

With additional information from Rails through the Clay

Last updated 2 December 2009


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LONDON TRANSPORT RAILWAYS
DIAGRAM OF LINES

This is the first of the post-war issues in pocket folder format, and refers to LONDON TRANSPORT RAILWAYS rather than UNDERGROUND. It has a detailed diagram of the network on the inner side, and a central area plan showing connections with Main Line termini on the reverse, which also has one panel forming the main folder title.


No.1 1948

146 214 G/4M (4R)


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RAILWAYS
DIAGRAM OF LINES

Printed by Johnson, Riddle & Co. Ltd from this edition onwards.
After being reauthorised by the British Transport Commission, the Bakerloo line extension from Elephant & Castle to Camberwell was added to the diagram this year.

This map also exists with the overprint
CENTRAL LINE EXTENSION
FROM LOUGHTON TO EPPING
NOW OPEN
(CHIGWELL LANE RENAMED DEBDEN)


JUNE 1949

449/858M/500,000.


Although the official announcmement of the abandonment of the Bushey Heath extension came in October 1950, it is obvious that the decision had been made much earlier, as the print code on the January 1950 map is April 1949.

This map was issued with a tri-lingual (French/English/German) WELCOME paper wrap-around:


JAN 1950
449/858M/500,000.


In September 1950 the Bakerloo extension was deferred indefinitely by London Transport (resulting in its removal from the Underground map), and the Alexandra Palace branch of the Northern line was also deleted, despite hundreds of thousands of pounds already spent on construction and electrification, and the project nearing completion.


JANUARY 1951

1050/2438Z/1000M.




JANUARY 1953

852/1541Z/500M.


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JANUARY 1953
453/923Z/250M(R)




JANUARY 1954
1253/2563D/250000/2 changes
The 1954 edition features a complete redrawing of the diagram. There are fewer diagonals, and the Circle line has become a rectangle, and in the east the District line no longer falls off the end of the world.


1954
754/1505D/350M
754/1545D/100M.



RAILWAYS
DIAGRAM OF LINES
AND STATION INDEX

The CENTRAL AREA INTERCHANGE STATIONS enlargment on the back was replaced with an index of all stations on the Underground. This change is also noted on the diagram’s cover.


1955
355/542D/500,000


1956
256/352M/200,000




1956
656/1427D/300,000
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