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Book reviews — August 1989

Volume 1 — THE LONDON COUNTY COUNCIL TRAMWAYS — SOUTH LONDON by E R. Oakley
published by the London Tramways History Group, together with the Tramway and Light Railway Society and the Light Rail Transit Association
I am the last person who should review a book about trams — about which I know nothing! However, when a friend (thank you Julian) lent me a new book on the LCC Tramways I thought many GLIAS members would be interested in it. The book covers the histories of the constituent companies of the LCC Tramways and then describes the progress of the united concern. It is enormously detailed on most aspects of the subject and includes many interesting illustrations. As I said I don't feel qualified to judge it as a book for tram enthusiasts, who I assume will all have got copies already anyway. From my own point of view I didn't find in it the information I would have welcomed about depots — some of which are not covered at all — although where they are mentioned there is a lot of detail. I enjoyed the section covering the Kennington and Streatham Cable Line and the chapters on the Greenwich Generating Station and the Central Repair Depot in Charlton. The book costs 23.50 (ouch!) and the publisher can be reached at 15 Edendale Road, Bexleyheath, Kent. MARY MILLS


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