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2.0 out of 5 stars Factual Inaccuracies, 10 April 2014
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This review is from: London Underground's Strangest Tales: Extraordinary But True Stories (Paperback)
1. At p.33 there is reference to Dr Barnado's coffin being carried from Liverpool Street to Barkingside 'on the Central Line' for his funeral in 1905.The Central Line eastern extension from Liverpool Street was not opened until after the Second World War. I suspect the author should have referred to the steam trains on what was then the Great Eastern Railway ( an overground rail system). It certainly could not have been the Central Line.

2. At p.43 the author suggests that London was not bombed by the Germans in the First World War and that the Tube stations were not used as shelters. London was bombed by the Germans in WW 1, both from Zeppelins and aircraft. The population did use the Tube system as air-raid shelters at that time.

3. At p.73 there is reference to the Plessey 'factory' which was set-up in the Underground tunnels between Wanstead and Gants Hill during WW 2. The author states that after the war commuters 'once again' became the norm rather than the factory workers. Infact the line here had never previously been used by commuters but was first opened for that purpose in 1947. The Beck Tube Map for 1946 shows this stretch of the Central Line as 'under construction'.

4. Last, and actually least, at p. 60 the author refers to tube train drivers usually having to undergo 'years of meticulous training before they are let loose on a real train'. The training period is actually 22 weeks !
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