The dramatic story of the men who made the world’s first, and still the largest, underground railway. Since Victorian times, London’s underground railway has played a vital role in the daily life of generations of Londoners. This intriguing documentary celebrates the vision and determination of those pioneers who conceived this revolutionary transport system and the men who tunnelled to make the tube.
Based on the popular book by Christian Wolmar, Britain’s leading commentator on the railways, and enhanced by stunning archive material and evocative film, this DVD reveals London’s hidden wonder and shows how the railway beneath the streets helped create the city we know today. The story continues through two world wars, when the Tube proved the best shelters of all, and up to the present day, with the onset of privatisation and the arrival of driverless trains.
The production benefits from access to rolling stock and rare archive material stored at London Transport Museum’s sites in Covent Garden and Acton, including the only surviving locomotive from the world’s first underground railway.
If you are interested in any aspect of Britain’s transport heritage, or indeed the evolution of modern London, you will find this film absolutely enthralling.
Praise for Wolmar’s book of the same title:
‘An astonishing account of one of the world’s most amazing feats of engineering.’ Ken Livingstone, Mayor of London 2000-2008.
‘Christian Wolmar is a Pulman among story-tellers….His pride and passion carry his story along.’ TOM FORT, Sunday Telegraph.