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Railway Chronicle 1846
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NOTES from the IRON ROAD BOOK for the LSWR, 1840s

WOC5927  
These notes are made from a copy of the Travelling Chart or Iron Road Book for the London and Southampton Railway, published by the Railway Chronicle, about 1846. The guide book studied is in the Map Collection of Hampshire CC Museums Service, item HMCMS:WOC5927.
map type: HantsMap & Railway Chronicle 1846

TITLE

The cover page reads:-
Railway Chronicle / TRAVELLING CHARTS / BASINGSTOKE, WINCHESTER, / SOUTHAMPTON. / Published at the RAILWAY CHRONICLE OFFICE, 14 Wellington Street North, Strand, London. / Price One Shilling. PRINTED BY JAMES HOLMES, TOOK'S COURT, CHANCERY LANE.
and is illustrated with vignette views of railway viaducts and church towers.
The title page reads:-
RAILWAY CHRONICLE / TRAVELLING CHARTS; / Or, IRON ROAD BOOKS, / FOR PERUSAL ON THE JOURNEY: / IN WHICH ARE NOTED / THE TOWNS, VILLAGES, CHURCHES, MANSIONS, PARKS, STATIONS, BRIDGES, VIADUCTS, TUNNELS, CUTTINGS, / GRADIENTS, &c., THE SCENERY AND ITS NATURAL HISTORY, THE ANTIQUITIES AND THEIR / HISTORICAL ASSOCIATIONS, &c., PASSED BY THE LINE OF THE RAILWAY. / With numerous Illustrations. / Constituting a Novel and Complete Companion for the Railway Carriage. / (This series of Charts is Copyright under 5 & 6 Vict. c. 45, and any infringement will be prosecuted) / LONDON TO BASINGSTOKE, WINCHESTER AND SOUTHAMPTON, / ON THE SOUTH-WESTERN.
There is an end page to the chart:-
Published at the Railway Chronicle Office, 14, Wellington Street, North, Strand, by J. Francis. Price One Shilling. / SIMILAR CHARTS FOR / BRIGHTON, CAMBRIDGE, GOSPORT, OXFORD, AND / BIRMINGHAM, DOVER, GUILDFORD, RICHMOND, / Are published or in course of publication. / The Railway Chronicle, / Containing the earliest and most authentic information on all matters connected with railways, with illustrative Maps and Engravings, is published every Saturday, in time for the Morning Mails, price Sixpence, (with Supplements Gratis when required,) stamped to go free by Post. / PRINTED BY JAMES HOLMES, 4, TOOK'S COURT, CHANCERY LANE.

The Chart

The size of the folded chart is 22x13.5cm. Unfolded the chart is 22x248cm, single sided; it zigzags into 19 pages which can be flipped up to read continuously as you travel. The last page is the bottom outer page (getting grubby in use): the title page is an extra sheet, an outer page, pasted on the back of the first page of the chart. The chart is printed in four pieces, 66, 62.5, 65.5 and 62cm long, pasted into the long strip.

Map Features

orientation    
up is start    

The direction of travel is down the page, ie London is at the top, Southampton at the bottom. The traveller is advised to sit facing towards London, ie facing up the page, while he reads in the natural way down the page ... it makes good sense.
There are no clues to compass direction on the chart.

scale    
The 77 miles of railway are drawn in a straight line, bends are ignored. 77 miles = 1931mm giving a scale 1 to 64174; the map 'scale' is:-
1 to 64000
1 inch to 1 mile

table of symbols    
The introduction has a table of symbols, transcribed below.


button map type Railway Chronicle 1846 -- menu of resources
button introduction -- RYC1INT.txt
button Blackwater to Winchfield -- RYC1_01.txt
button Winchfield to Basingstoke -- RYC1_02.txt
button Basingstoke to Winchester -- RYC1_03.txt
button Winchester to Southampton -- RYC1_04.txt
button introduction for published reprint -- RYC1PUB.txt
button source item -- HMCMS:WOC5927 -- railway map

button list of map notes

HantsMap Notes -- RYCHRON1.txt
MN: 13.2.2001
last edit: 19.4.2001