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  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Shire (10 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747812276
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747812272
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 1.5 x 14.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 73,753 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Gail on 9 Nov. 2012
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Main chapter headings are; 150 years Underground. page 4; History, page 10; Tube Journeys, page 66 (to give an idea of balance). Most of the many photographs are of stations or station furniture (signs, lighting etc.), as is a lot of the text so the book would be of interest particularly to those interested in station architecture. Lots of photographs, the majority in colour. Small book, just under 6ins square with 120 pages; packed. Excellent value at present price of £5.24 but also if it was at RRP of £6.99.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Stanwegian on 13 Jan. 2013
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I've reviewed a fair number of Shire Books, most of them on transport subjects, and make no apology for repeating my usual introduction. If you have ever visited a museum you will almost certainly have seen Shire titles on sale in the shop - whole racks of them, covering an amazingly eclectic range of subjects. Most are A5 booklets in a more-or-less uniform style, typically with around 56 well-illustrated pages between card covers. What makes them special is the publisher's practice of seeking out authors who not only have genuine expertise in their field but also have the ability to write in language fully intelligible to the interested novice and, above all, to communicate infectious enthusiasm for their subject. If a topic piques your interest, the relevant Shire book will give you, in highly digestible form, an interesting and reliable introduction, leaving you well-placed to decide whether to take your interest further. That said, the present book is not quite typical Shire fare; it's part of a new series - Shire General - the identifying characteristic of which seems to be that the format of individual volumes not only differs from other Shire series, but also from other volumes in the same series! But it's OK, the Shire hallmarks are all present and correct.

The first section of the Metropolitan Railway, the forerunner of today's Underground, was opened between Paddington and Farringdon Street on 10 January 1863, making 2013 the 150th anniversary of the inception of today's 270-station network catering for an average of 3½ million journeys each day. The anniversary will obviously generate an upsurge of interest in the system, and of the books commemorating event, two stand out, at least in this reviewer's opinion.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Pangolin on 31 Oct. 2012
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Shire publications have a habit of cramming a lot into a small book, and this is no exception. The first section of the book covers the history of the London Underground network in under 60 pages, touching on the key points in the timeline and introducing those people important to the particular focus of this book which is architecture and design.

The remainder of the book sets out several journeys that will take the reader to a good selection of well-chosen stations that each showcase the finer qualities of the style of their period.

It is also well illustrated with the photos mostly kept sensibly small to allow as much room as possible for the text in this compact volume.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Hannah on 26 Dec. 2012
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I bought this book as a Christmas present and it was very well received! My only slight quibble would be over the size, some of the maps are very detailed and would be great in a larger format. However, it is handily portable and could easily be taken on journeys as a resource so there are pros and cons. The writing is clear and enough detail to give more than just an overview. As an avid reader and studier of the Underground and stations it won't necessarily give you too much detail but in terms of covering the history and progression in a clear and informative way it is perfect. Packed with photographs and easy to read and learn facts it's a great book and good to have something so current in this Anniversary year.
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By cairns TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 18 Feb. 2014
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An interesting guide to the London Underground. It begins by giving an easily read history of the system from the beginning until the publishing year of 2012. Then a series of suggested journeys along the lines, highlighting the more interesting features to be seen and giving an outline of them. There are black&white and colour photo's, but as the book is so small they are not a major feature. Well worth getting as a guide to people with a basic interest in the system. Cheap and cheerful.
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By Jacquie on 26 July 2013
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I loved reading this book. I don't live in London. I live in the North of England. I'm fascinated by the Tube. There is lots . Of good information and the journeys are well described.
I can't wait until my next visit to London so I can try a few out.
Well worth a read
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By Brian Keen on 7 Feb. 2015
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Interesting insight to the underground, I was born within walking distance from the Piccadilly and Metropolitan line and never realied what work had gone into building the lines, so many interesting facts and not to in-depth, a good easy read.
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By Panda on 1 Nov. 2013
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Bought this as a present for a relative, great little book of the underground stations, some which are disused, complete with little facts about tunnel depth etc
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