The OPC Rail Atlas of Great Britain and Ireland was first published in 1977 and has, over the years, proved itself to be one of the most successful railway titles ever published. The book portrays the railway network on the British Isles, differentiating between passenger and freight lines, as well as between single and multi-track sections. It also shows preserved lines, freight terminals, LRT schemes, passenger stations, lines under construction, proposed lines, depots, etc. As such the book is an essential work of reference for both enthusiasts and professionals. This new edition is fully updated to reflect the developments in railway and LRT infrastructure due for completion by 2013 as well as those schemes currently under development. It includes the fruits of the current Network Rail investment plan, including the proposed electrification of the ex-GWR main line to Bristol and South Wales, the completion of the first phase of the Edinburgh LRT scheme, the continued extension of the LRTs in Greater Manchester and Nottingham, and indications as to the proposed HS2 high-speed line from London to the Midlands.