The London Underground

Overview

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, used by millions of commuters and tourists every year, with its tentacles extending into the suburbs it helped to create. Its turbulent history reflects the trials and tribulations of its passengers: it provided a network of life-saving shelters in the Blitz, but has also been the scene of numerous tragedies. This book...

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Overview

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, used by millions of commuters and tourists every year, with its tentacles extending into the suburbs it helped to create. Its turbulent history reflects the trials and tribulations of its passengers: it provided a network of life-saving shelters in the Blitz, but has also been the scene of numerous tragedies. This book is not a recompilation of facts and photos published elsewhere, however. Taking a fresh approach to the subject, 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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780747807902
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 7/20/2010
  • Series: Shire Library Series
  • Pages: 56
  • Sales rank: 1,219,348
  • Product dimensions: 5.93 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.27 (d)

Meet the Author

When he is not writing and broadcasting on the subject of today's high-tech wizardry, Andrew Emmerson enjoys discovering the history of the inventions which came before this, also restoring and reviving equipment based on these older technologies.

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Table of Contents

Steam, Smuts and Sulphur 4

Arcs and Sparks 12

Underground to Everywhere 22

Brave New World 36

The Underground At War 44

The Elizabethan Era 52

Further Reading 61

Places to Visit 62

Index 64

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