The Subterranean Railway: How the London Underground Was Built and How it Changed the City Forever

The Subterranean Railway: How the London Underground Was Built and How it Changed the City Forever

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By (author) Christian Wolmar

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  • Publisher: ATLANTIC BOOKS
  • Format: Paperback | 368 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 28mm | 381g
  • Publication date: 1 November 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0857890697
  • ISBN 13: 9780857890696
  • Sales rank: 150,059

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Since the Victorian era, London's Underground has had played a vital role in the daily life of generations of Londoners. In The Subterranean Railway, Christian Wolmar celebrates the vision and determination of the nineteenth-century pioneers who made the world's first, and still the largest, underground passenger railway: one of the most impressive engineering achievements in history. 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 up to the present with its sleek, driverless trains and the wrangles over the future of the system. The Subterranean Railway reveals London's hidden wonder in all its glory and shows how the railway beneath the streets helped create the city we know today.

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Christian Wolmar is a writer and broadcaster, principally on transport matters. He writes regularly for a wide variety of publications including the Independent, Evening Standard and Rail magazine, and appears frequently on TV and radio as a commentator. His previous books include the widely-acclaimed Fire and Steam, Blood, Iron and Gold and Engines of War.

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I can think of few better ways to while away those elastic periods awaiting the arrival of the next eastbound Circle Line train than by reading [this book]. --Tom Fort, Sunday Telegraph The ferocious rivalries, administrative bungles, short-sighted compromises, cost over-runs and delays. Railway politics were ever thus. --Independent An excellent history of the London Underground --The Times