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London Underground Manual: Designing, Building and Operating the World's Oldest Underground Rail Network (Haynes Manuals) Hardcover – 5 Jun 2014

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: J H Haynes & Co Ltd; 1st Edition edition (5 Jun. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857333690
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857333698
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.3 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
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About the Author

Paul Moss studied Industrial Design at the Central School of Art and Design under Douglas Scott, designer/stylist of the fabled RM Routemaster and RF class buses. He worked as a designer in manufacturing for 26 years before joining London Underground as Design Manager. Subsequently he worked on rolling stock design in Hong Kong and ran design workshops for the British Council in Brazil and Croatia. He also taught Design and Technology and was a lecturer on the post-graduate Imperial College/RCA Industrial Design course. He is the author of Underground Movement (Capital Transport, 2000), which is considered the definitive work on the trains of the London Underground.


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This book does a fair job of telling the history of the underground. It is split into three sections from 1863 to 1918, 1920 to 1969 and 1970s to date. The issue with the book is that it doesn't really add anything to the narrative, most of the information contained can be gleaned from Wikipedia. The disappointment for me was there wasn't more about how the railways work on a day to day basis, for example it talks about ATO on the Victoria line but there are no diagrams showing or explaining how it works.

There are some good parts, it has plenty of photographs and is bang up to date with mention of the Croxley Rail Link. If your into the history this is for you, but it's no Ian Allen book.
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this is part of my collection about London Transport (LT). as I am a member of the London Underground Railway Society. I would recommend this to anyone who has a general interest in this aspect of the LT system.
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Not quite what I imagined, but still a very informative book
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I am part way through this superb book on the underground story. I have learnt so much about its history, and credit must be given to the amount of research that was necessary to give such a clear picture, particularly the early days.

Perhaps the title is a little confusing calling it "Owners Workshop Manual", but with the Haynes experience of car manuals maybe it was to be expected.

Perhaps the author could be persuaded to review the London Bus story next, equally exciting, petrol electric busses over 90 years ago.
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What an absolute disapointment this was when I opened it. In no way what so ever was this anything like an owners manual, no exploded diagrams, any technical data, what little there was, is are very well hidden in all the historical gumph. It looks like a very dated 1980s school book with some rather date photos, some of which are blury!!! For a great deal less money you can pick up way better books. DON'T let the Haynes name and the cover fool you!!! I could rant a lot more but really can't be bothered, for what this is just save your money and buy a good london underground history book.
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A well written & detailed manual, with aspects of the early years, for instance, the number of staff required on early type of deep tube trains with end gated entrances that showed the need for rapid answers to the problems of crowded stations.
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probably overpriced, but gives you a good understanding of the underground.
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I ordered this book expecting something on the line of Heathrow themed book. I'm disappointed. The book has an interesting historical development, but that's it. Nothing on operations or light statistic info like the heathrow book....
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