A map of the Trolleybus and Tram routes of London.
Printed in 1946, it was the first map to be produced after World War 2.
It was designed by Fred J. H. Elston, the artist and cartographer, who produced designs for London Transport from 1931 to 1946. This was his last design for them, and was in use for two years.
It is a surprisingly modern-looking diagram of trolleybus and tram routes in post-war London. The map employs 30-degree angles and radically straightened roads to great effect. All roads are clearly labelled, as are the different neighbourhoods of London, so orientation isn’t a problem. All the bridges are shown crossing the Thames.
Underground and main line stations are denoted by a small blue roundel and a black diamond respectively, though the underground lines between the stations are not shown.
Even the route number bullets serve a purpose – each different colour and shape indicates which day different routes run on. For example, a white circle indicates a route that runs all day, while a red square means the route runs on Saturday and Sundays only. A blue square indicates all-night routes.
A bold and striking design for a transit map.