The London Underground

The London Underground

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By (author) Andrew Emmerson


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  • Format: Paperback | 72 pages
  • Dimensions: 148mm x 204mm x 8mm | 160g
  • Publication date: 21 May 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Buckinghamshire
  • ISBN 10: 0747812284
  • ISBN 13: 9780747812289
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations (chiefly col.)
  • Sales rank: 535,013

Product description

The London Underground is a pioneer and an institution. The first underground railway in the world, and incorporating the first ever deep tunnel 'tube' lines too, it is at the heart of London life, with millions of commuters and tourists using it every year and its tentacles extending into the suburbs it helped to create. Its turbulent history reflects the trials and tribulations of London itself: it provided a network of life-saving shelters in the Blitz, but has also faced many logistical challenges, with constant improvements necessary to keep the Tube fit for purpose. This book is not a recompilation of facts and photos published elsewhere, however. Taking a fresh approach, it is a history that focuses on the interesting and quirky aspects of the subject. To transport you more vividly back to the past, well over half the illustrations are in colour, including many rarely seen photographs.

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Author information

Andrew Emmerson is a seasoned writer on technical and historical subjects. He also wrote 'Old Television', 'Old Telephones', and 'Discovering Subterranean London' for Shire.

Table of contents

Steam, Smuts and Sulphur / Arcs and Sparks / Underground to Everywhere / Brave New World / The Underground at War / The Elizabethan Era / On to the Future / Further Reading / Places to Visit / Index