Underground to Everywhere: London's Underground Railway in the Life of the Capital

Stephen Halliday

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Underground to Everywhere: London's Underground Railway in the Life of the Capital

Underground to Everywhere London s Underground Railway in the Life of the Capital In an American financier called Charles Tyson Yerkes was placed in charge of London s underground railways which had been in service since and were even then showing signs of their age Ov

  • Title: Underground to Everywhere: London's Underground Railway in the Life of the Capital
  • Author: Stephen Halliday
  • ISBN: 9780750925853
  • Page: 202
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In 1900 an American financier called Charles Tyson Yerkes was placed in charge of London s underground railways, which had been in service since 1863 and were, even then, showing signs of their age Over the next five years he applied his business methods which he described as Buy up old junk, fix it up a little and unload it upon other fellows to the construction ofIn 1900 an American financier called Charles Tyson Yerkes was placed in charge of London s underground railways, which had been in service since 1863 and were, even then, showing signs of their age Over the next five years he applied his business methods which he described as Buy up old junk, fix it up a little and unload it upon other fellows to the construction of much of the capital s deep level tube system Yerkes was one of many colourful characters who gave London its underground railway system.But the London Underground is than a railway In the twentieth century, under the enlightened management of Frank Pick, the Underground was responsible for some striking developments in industrial design Bauhaus, Cubist and other innovative ideas were applied to station architecture, advertising posters and seat covers The work of artists such as Graham Sutherland, Len Deighton and Lucie Attwell was exposed to large audiences for the first time, as was that icon of industrial design, Harry Beck s diagrammatic map of the Underground network.Making use of extensive research in London s archives, Stephen Halliday shows how these pioneers struggled with the problem that vexes the Underground to this day London undoubtedly needs it but has never really decided who should pay for it Passengers or taxpayers Public or private finance Is it a profit making enterprise or a social service The book places this unanswered question in its historical context as, in the twenty first century, the debate turns in a new direction, once again headed by an American under the direction of London s first elected mayor.

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    One thought on “Underground to Everywhere: London's Underground Railway in the Life of the Capital

    1. Bookshire Cat on said:

      Tak ta mi dala zabrat. Ne, že by byla špatně napsaná, jen je tak plná informací :)

    2. Adam Mills on said:

      Excellent and very entertaining history of the construction and development of London Underground from its beginnings in the mid 19th Century up to 2001 when the book was published. The book goes up to the point of the failed court case by the late Bob Kiley and Ken Livingstone against the government's part privatisation. There are lots of contemporary extracts from the Railway Times and others, some of which make hilarious reading today such as the comment on the dreadful state of affairs when [...]

    3. Thor on said:

      With an interesting progression from slightly more dry and distant, the author gets more and more comfortable in highlighting issues and dramatical events in the history surrounding what became the underground we know today.Furthermore, it's a read that spikes genuine curiosity over how the tube is today, and armed with all the details available here one will gain a much higher appreciation reading into it.(Note that the PPP failed drastically, if you wondered about that after reading the last c [...]

    4. Catherine on said:

      I surprised myself on how much I enjoyed this book. It started off dry and took awhile to get into its stride. Despite this it was fascinating to read about the set of circumstances that have so influenced a city I spend so much time in.

    5. Richard on said:

      interesting history of London's underground network. Full of rogue financial deals, near bankruptcies and all the intrigue that means an underground transport system as vast as London's could never be attempted today.

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