About this title:
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 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 and shows how the railway beneath the streets helped create the city we know today.
"'A masterful account.' Michael Binyon, The Times; 'Wolmar... is a Pullman among story-tellers... I can think of few better ways to while away those elastic periods awaiting the arrival of the next east-bound Circle Line train than by reading it.' Tom Fort, Sunday Telegraph; 'The Subterranean Railway captures the enthusiasm of the early years... using a deft selection of facts and anecdotes.' John O'Connell, Time Out"
From the Inside Flap:
'A subterranean railway under London was awfull suggestive of dark, noisome tunnels, buried many fathoms deep beyond the reach of light or life; passages inhabited by rats, soaked with sewer drippings, and poisoned by the escape of gas mains. It seemed an insult to common sense to suppose that people who could travel as cheaply to the city on the outside of a Paddington bus would ever prefer, as a merely quicker medium, to be driven amid palpable darkness through the foul subsoil of London...' THE TIMES, 30 NOVEMBER 1861
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