The Subterranean Railway

The Subterranean Railway

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

eBook - 2004
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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. Christian Wolmar celebrates the vision and determination of the 19th-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 20th-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. This book reveals London's hidden wonder in all its glory, and shows how the railway beneath the streets helped create the city we know today.
Publisher: London : Atlantic, 2004
ISBN: 9781848872530
1848872534
Branch Call Number: 388.428 Wo
Description: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Freading (Firm)

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stewstealth
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.

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Logovore
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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