The Subterranean Railway

The Subterranean Railway

How the London Underground Was Built and How It Changed the City Forever

Book - 2004
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Since Victorian times, London's Underground has made an extraordinary contribution to the economy of the capital and has played a vital role in the daily life of generations of Londoners. This wide-ranging history of the Underground celebrates the vision and determination of the Victorian pioneers who conceived this revolutionary transport system and the men who tunnelled to make the Tube. From the early days of steam to electrification, via the Underground's contribution to twentieth-century industrial design and its role during two world wars, the story comes right in to the present with its sleek, driverless trains and the wrangles over the future of the system.
Publisher: London : Atlantic, 2004
ISBN: 9781843540229
Branch Call Number: 388.42 W86s
Characteristics: xi, 351 p. : ill. ; 22 cm


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Feb 14, 2018

A history of the people behind the London Underground. Truly amazing to that the first trains were steam powered. This is a detailed look at the development of the Underground from inception to modern day. The book might be a bit more difficult to read if you are not familiar with London geography and some of the main lines. The book shows that the overall value of public transport is not determined by the revenue it generates. Worth reading if you are interested.

May 19, 2015

My goodness the Machiavellian jockeying and politicking in getting the Underground to be a going concern. I hadn't realized that something that now seems so mundane was once such a hotbed of dissention.

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