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

by Christian Wolmar


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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 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. 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. This new edition has been updated with a chapter on Crossrail. 

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ISBN-13: 9781786498649
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Publication date: 02/01/2021
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 854,920
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.75(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Christian Wolmar is a writer and broadcaster, principally on transport matters. His previous books include Fire and Steam, Blood, Iron and Gold, and Engines of War.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Acknowledgements xi

Author's Note xi

Preface to the 2020 edition xii

Introduction: The Phantom Railway 1

1 Midwife to the Underground 9

2 The Underground Arrives 28

3 London Goes Underground 42

4 The Line to Nowhere 71

5 Spreading Out 94

6 The Sewer Rats 109

7 Deep under London 133

8 The Dodgy American 164

9 Beginning to Make Sense 197

10 The Underground in the First World War 213

11 Reaching Out 222

12 Metroland, the Suburban Paradox 236

13 The Perfect Organization? 257

14 The Best Shelters of All 281

15 Decline - and Revival? 295

16 London's New Subterranean Railway 323

Notes 343

Further Reading 361

Index 365

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