Having taken a break for one day from Strathtay, The Story So Far, I was out and about last Friday, and came to think to myself, I didn’t recognize the names of some of the estates shown, since the time I lived locally to west London. I thought to myself “if only there was a pocket-size guide like those area guides that used to exist…”…
… So when I got home, I had a few hours to play around with. One, then two, then three, booklets done.
Then, the following night, C wanted a lie down in the dark (after something didn’t agree with her), changing my plans for the evening. Between looking after her (she’s fine now), I wanted to do something productive, as the plans for the evening were shot. So, dug out the first few guides that I’d done, and thought of a few more – and another… so by the end of the night, the clock had gone back, all was well, and we now have a handful of new booklets to trial – an arm-sized plethora of sixteen new timetable booklets, covering small areas around London.
Our new series of Pocket Guides give you one-off timetables, for a specific area, in a size that is easy to carry around with you. Each book has fare information, a list of local bus services included, local bus maps, and complete bus timetables for one area.
These do not have an Index to Places Served for the London ones, although this will be included in the Getting Around London reissue. The next step up will be our Permanent Editions, which are updatable with monthly or two-monthly updates.
These books are an attempt to try something new – again. Several customers wanted lighter or cheaper books, and these are undoubtedly it! Printed in house, yes, literally! Each booklet is A5 size, with a maximum of 60 pages per booklet, to fit through our auto-printer-copier-booklet folder and binder.
Where are we covering first? Addington, Kingston & Surbiton, Ealing, Uxbridge & Hayes Town, Edmonton & Tottenham, Barnet & Finchley, Harrow, Southgate & Palmers Green, Wood Green Hornsey & Harringay, Croydon, Finsbury Park & Holloway, Chingford Clayhall & Woodford, Edgware & Stanmore, Brent Cross Hendon & Conlindale, Golders Green & Hampstead, and Archway & Highgate! See all the covers in our online shop!
Interested? Well, you can see and/or download a free copy of one title, right here, right now! Edmonton & Tottenham is available for free download via this link as a traditional PDF, if you want to download and print it. Alternately, click here to view the Interactive edition. I chose this one as it contains the majority of the elements you’ll find in the others.
See this list for all the details you will need to know. These will be purchasable form our team over the phone, online, from today. We will also accept Mail Orders too – click here to download the form. We are approaching all our usual outlets, so feel free to ask those on the counter, if they’ve not got any on display!
The new books are mostly dated from 24th October 2015 – i.e. the Addington reshuffle by Transport for London – with three exceptions. Service 13 is having a revised timetable from 31st October 2015 (NOT related to the previous Finchley Road scheme, which appears to be shelved right now), so this is in the Golders Green & Hampstead book of the same date. Two brand new services – 618 and 619 – were tendered at short notice for the new Advanti House School in Pinner – and they start on Monday 2nd November 2015 (see the TfL Tender Results post from last Wednesday here). As a result, the Harrow and Edgware & Stanmore guides are dated 2nd November 2015, and they include these two new services too.
These are largely experimental, and feedback will be welcomed on these titles. Take-up levels will determine if there are any further issues. If they go down well, there may be more in the future. If not – you’re going ahead of me…
… The new PC and in-house printer, combined with the improved intuitiveness of Adobe Acrobat DC (latest update so much easier) means doing books in minutes, and printing them right here, is many times easier! In the past, tools would freeze or crash the PC when doing one. Sending off for a proof would take a fortnight or more, then the same for every new book done.
So, the future? See how these go. Work on Strathtay, The Story So Far, continues. After that is done, our first loose leaf title will go on sale – which I can confirm will be Surrey, East Berkshire & The Airports. After that? Plenty more to follow, although doing 16 booklets in one weekend will not necessarily happen every time!