- Hardcover: 574 pages
- Publisher: Capital Transport Publishing; 2nd Revised edition edition (10 May 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1854141511
- ISBN-13: 978-1854141514
- Package Dimensions: 24.4 x 18.8 x 4.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,310,803 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Rails Through the Clay: A History of London's Tube Railways Hardcover – 10 May 1993
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, 574 pages, with black & white illustrations throughout
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Some of the minutae of finance is a little too much for an interesting read, but this is greatly overweighed but the otherwise fascinating account of how London came to have its famous tube system.
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After some historical introductory material, the authors begin with the first tube train in 1890, which today functions as part of the Northern Line. Every aspect of the history of this system is discussed in detail, including rolling stock, station design, political issues, finances, planning decisions, and accidents. The book is arranged in chronological order, with approximately 200 b&w photos and diagrams. To give some idea of the book's span of coverage, the Jubilee extension through Canary Wharf is discussed, but hadn't opened at the time the book was written. I thought this book was superb, but the enormous amount of detail is suitable only for the dedicated subway fan.