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Electrifying the Underground



Автор: Graeme Gleaves


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It was a public transport revolution.

London had led the world in the development of a subterranean railway system.

The first sub-surface lines, constructed by the cut-and-cover method, were operated with steam locomotives.

In theory the tunnels and stations were ventilated into the outside air, but in practice they became dingy, miserable, smoke-filled spaces.

As one early traveller recorded in his journal, 'I had my first taste of Hades today .

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the atmosphere was a mixture of sulphur, coal dust and foul fumes'.

The railway companies desperately needed to clean up their act.



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