The subterranean railway: how the London Underground was built and how it changed the city forever

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Since Victorian times, London's Underground has made an extraordinary contribution to the economy of the capital and has played a vital role in the daily life of generations of Londoners. This wide-ranging history of the Underground celebrates the vision and determination of the Victorian pioneers who conceived this revolutionary transport system and the men who tunnelled to make the Tube. 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 in to the present with its sleek, driverless trains and the wrangles over the future of the system.

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Christian Wolmar, 'Britain's most astute transport observer' (New Statesman), is a writer and broadcaster whose previous books have included Broken Rails: How Privatisation Wrecked Britain's Railways (Aurum). His most recent book is Down the Tube: The Battle For London's Underground (Aurum, 2001) He writes regularly for The Independent, Evening Standard and New Statesman, principally on railway matters, and is a frequent broadcaster on TV and radio on current affairs and news programmes.

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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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