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Metropolitan and London & North Eastern Railways - 'Metroland' Country Walks booklet, c1925 | by mikeyashworth
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Metropolitan and London & North Eastern Railways - 'Metroland' Country Walks booklet, c1925

The Metropolitan Railway, whose lines served the countryside out to the north west of London and into the Chiltern Hills, were avid publicists who issued guide books and walking guides such as these to tempt people out and to use the company's rail services - at the time nearly all railway companies chased such leisure traffic and issued such popular publicity - this is the '20th edition' of the booklets. This was a joint publication with the LNER due to the entanglement of the Met with the extension of the Great Central Railway that had taken place int he late 19th century, the GCR passing to the LNER following the 1923 grouping of British railways.

 

Oddly, may of the walks noted in this guide are no longer possible - or quite as enjoyable as they would have been at the time - the Met was highly successful with its 'Metroland' scheme that helped rapidly develop the outer suburbs of London, so covering countryside with housing served by the 'Met Rly' that now forms the metropolitan line of London Underground, the outer services to Aylesbury now forming part of Chiltern Railways.

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Taken on April 13, 2011