Historical Map: Perth and Suburban Districts Showing Tramway Routes

The extent of the tramway system in Perth, Australia in the 30s and 40s before it was all ripped up in 1958. Ironically the State Government wants to build a new tram network over 50 years later.

Transit Maps says: Sweet old school tram map, with routes simply and clearly overprinted in bold red on top of a street map. Perth certainly isn’t alone in rebuilding what once existed: this type of urban renewal through transit is happening all over the place, especially here in the US.

However, is “MAX” really the best name Perth could come up with? Portland, Oregon and Las Vegas already use the same acronym (Metropolitan Area Express), there’s also a Modesto Area Express in California, while Salt Lake City also has its own MAX (which doesn’t seem to stand for anything). Not forgetting Auckland’s MAXX with an extra “X” as well. A little originality, please!

Historical Map: London Metropolitan Railway and Connections

A fantastic old in-car map from London’s old Metropolitan Railway: the world’s first underground railway and the precursor to the modern London Underground. Today, former Metropolitan Railway tracks and stations are used by the London Underground’s Metropolitan, Circle, District, Hammersmith & City, Piccadilly and Jubilee lines.

I’m guessing this map is from around 1930 or so, as the Railway’s lines are substantially complete apart from the Stanmore extension out of Wembley Park, which opened in 1932. Of course, by 1933, all of London’s railways were amalgamated under the auspices of the London Passenger Transport Board and the modern Underground as we know it today was born.

Side note: We really should use the word “shewn” more often.

(Source: mikeric/Flickr)