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

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Atlantic Books, Limited, Oct 1, 2009 - History - 300 pages
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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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User Review  - Gerard Hogan - Goodreads

For a daily user of the underground this a fascinating account of the origins London's metro system. It documents the ideas and also the people who planned (!) and competed to make the underground ... Read full review

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User Review  - Peter Dunn - Goodreads

Railway history is not normally my thing but I have met and liked the author and I wanted to know a bit more about the history of the tube. This is a great and comprehensive history of the London ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Christian Wolmar is Britain's foremost writer and broadcaster on transport matters. He writes regularly for a variety of publications including the Independent, Evening Standard and Rail magazine, and appears frequently on TV and radio as a commentator. His other books include The Great Railway Revolution, Blood, Iron and Gold, Fire and Steam and Engines of War.

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