Saturday, April 30, 2005

Going underground

The London Review of Books site has a long review of the snappily titled The Subterranean Railway: How the London Underground Was Built and How It Changed the City For Ever by Christian Wolmar.

Two points stand out. The first is that the man whose vision lead to the first underground line, Charles Pearson, was born in the eighteenth century.

The second is Lord Palmerston's reply when, at the age of 79, he was invited to attend the opening of the Metropolitan Railway. He said that at his age he would rather stay above ground for as long as he could.

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