LONDON'S UNDERGROUND


LONDON'S UNDERGROUND

JOHN GLOVER    Book Number: 87296    Product format: Hardback

The London Underground system is defiantly battling against the increased demands of passenger traffic both in terms of rolling stock and stations. In this 12th edition of a staple in railway publishing, John Glover presents an important account of the network and how it has changed over the last 100 years. With illustrations throughout of tube maps and the entire history of the network, chapters include: Starting with Steam, Post-war Stagnation, Municipalisation, 1970-1984 and A Challenging Future. There is a chronology of principal events on London's Underground railways, and a list of closed stations including information about North End beneath Hampstead Heath on the Northern Line which would have been the deepest on the system, Brockley Hill, Elstree South and Bushey Heath which would have extended the Northern line beyond Edgware, and South Harefield and Denham which would have been a western projection of the Central line. Discover the development of the Underground system through a series of diagrams at the end of Chapters 1, 2, 4, and 13, ranging from the network as of 31st December 1899 when trains went from Amersham and Chesham to locations as far as Wimbledon, New Cross, and Richmond, to the network as of 31st December 2015 where there is a huge array of destinations with the Piccadilly Line reaching Heathrow (which was one of the main reasons for introducing the new fare in Zone 6), and the East London line now operating through London Overground. In the study of stations, compare the impact of passenger traffic on station size such as the difference between Oxford Circus, the busiest Underground station with 99 million passengers entering/exiting in 2014, which uses an amazing 14 escalators, 25 stairways, and 8.8km of platforms with subways serving three lines that use six tracks to sustain this, and Roding Valley station on the Central line which has 0.3 million passengers entering/exiting in 2014. Read of the revolutionary introduction of the 'Oyster' smartcard on 30th June 2003, or the 'New Tube for London' initiative with the hope to build roughly 250 new trains to a common design for four tube lines: the Piccadilly, Central, Bakerloo and Waterloo and City lines. Colour images and photographs. You can revel in old vehicle models, from the electric sleet locomotive No ESL 116 at Neadsen on 21st April 1971 to the No L20 which was one of the oldest battery locomotives on the system. This is an encyclopaedic companion on the Underground and railway architecture that explains and celebrates the network that keeps London moving. 11½" x 8½", colour images, 194 glossy white pages.
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