A lavish photographic history of all the key railway stations of London for transport buffs and anyone interested in the rich history of London.
A lavish photographic history of the main railway stations of London for transport buffs and anyone interested in the rich history of London. London has more mainline railway stations than any other city in the world and many of them are amongst its grandest architectural monuments. Its earliest terminals opened in the late 1830s when lines between the capital and the regions were built in the first railway boom. The original station at London Bridge, the capital's first passenger terminus, was opened in December 1836, six months before Queen Victoria came to the throne. The last main line to London, the Great Central Railway to Marylebone, was opened in March 1899, two years before Victoria died. Ever since they originally opened, these stations have been at heart of London life and activity and have dominated the architectural landscape. Many are now in the midst of major reconstructions and are the centrepieces for the transformation of whole swathes of London, from Paddington to Kings Cross. This comprehensive story combines a historical overview, archive illustrations and specially commissioned photography, covering the origins of the earliest stations up to the latest reconstructions and renovations. Written by the foremost expert Oliver Green, this is an essential gift for anyone interested in the history of London and its transport.
Oliver Green is a Research Fellow and former Head Curator of the London Transport Museum. Oliver has written and co-authored many transport books, including Underground: how the Tube shaped London (Penguin 2012).Benjamin Graham recently won Landscape Photographer of the Year, and spent a great deal of 2016 waking up at the crack of dawn to picture London Underground stations at their quietest and arguably most majestic. His dramatic photography reveals the unique architecture of the Tube in all its splendour.
Frances Lincoln (Adult)
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