The Piccadilly Tube - A History of the First 100 Years, by Mike Horne
Book published by Capital Transport in 2007, 144pages. Large Hardback with Dist Jacket - c.22cm by 25cm (N4727)
This book provides a fascinating history of part of what is now the Piccadilly Line (part of the London Underground), and it is illustrated throughout with lots of black and white (and some colour) photographs, maps and drawings.
From the rear side cover: The Great Northern, Piccadilly & Brompton Railway, today's Piccadilly Line, began life as a service between Hammersmith and Finsbury Park. It opened in December 1906. It grew to not far short of its present size in the 1930s and is an important commuter link for London's western and northern suburbs, some of which its expansion generated. Its stations include the highest number of 'listed' buildings on the Underground, with many classic Charles Holden designed examples west from Acton Town and north from Turnpike Lane. It is the only Underground line to serve Heathrow Airport and an extension to Terminal 5 was at an advanced stage of construction during its centenary year.
The book is a must read for anyone interested in the history of London's Underground, as well as people with a more general interest in North and West London.
An excellent and immensley readable book, it comes highly recommended by one half of Di and Saul Books (who used to drive trains on the London Underground!)