The Subterranean Railway

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

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Reissued in a new paperback package to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the London Underground.

'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

Since the Victorian era, London's Underground has 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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Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 130 x 200 x 10mm | 110g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Main
  • Colour and b & w plates throughout
  • 0857890697
  • 9780857890696
  • 169,284

Table of contents

0: Introduction: The Phantom Railway 1: Midwife to the Underground 2: The Underground Arrives 3: London Goes Underground 4: The Line to Nowhere 5: Spreading Out 6: The Sewer Rats 7: Deep under London 8: The Dodgy American 9: Beginning to Make Sense 10: The Underground in the First World War 11: Reaching Out 12: Metroland, the Suburban Paradox 13: The Perfect Organization? 14: The Best Shelters of All 15: Decline - and Revival? 16: London's New Subterranean Railway
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Review quote

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 *
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About Christian Wolmar

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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457 ratings
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3 26% (120)
2 3% (14)
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