London’s Underground railway recently celebrated its 150th year and this book covers its history and events since then.
The Underground began life as a series of independent companies, built on the money of private investors and banks. The Metropolitan Railway, opened in 1863, was followed by the Hammersmith & City in 1864 and the Metropolitan District Railway in 1868.
The first deep-level tube electric railway opened in 1890 between the City and Stockwell and this was followed between 1900 and 1907 by a level of tube railway building in London that has never been equalled. During this seven year period, the core of today’s Central, Bakerloo, Picadilly and Northern lines was completed and it was to be more than sixty years before another completely new line, the Victoria Line was opened. The Jubilee Line followed ten years later. Though not part of the Underground system, brief reference is made to the new Elizabeth Line.
The book covers all the major developments on the London Underground and many of the less significant, but fascinating, aspects of its history. Illustrated throughout in good quality black and white and colour illustrations.