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Many of these books have been used - directly or indirectly - as sources for these Guides. This list does not distinguish these books from the others listed.


In these descriptions, codes like H123m are interpreted using the following notation:
H hardback
P paperback
123 the number of pages
m monochrome pictures within the text
c colour pictures within the text
p monochrome plates inserted between some pages
k colour plates inserted between some pages

General guides

Underground: Official Handbook, by Piers Connor,
1988, Capital Transport Publishing, P80mc, ISBN 0-904711-99-4.

London's Underground, by John Glover,
11th ed., 2010, Ian Allan, H160@, ISBN 978-0-7110-3429-7.

General histories

Rails through the Clay, by Desmond F. Croome and Alan A. Jackson,
2nd ed., 1993, Capital Transport Publishing, H574m, ISBN 1-85414-151-1.
Covers the "tube" lines only.

A History of London Transport, by T.C. Barker and Michael Robbins:
Vol 1: The Nineteenth Century
1963, George Allen & Unwin, H412p, pre-ISBN but retroactively assigned ISBN 0-04-385002-2;
republished 1976, HarperCollins, P414p, ISBN 0-04-385066-9;
republished 2006, Routledge, H412p, ISBN 0-415-41820-8.
Vol 2: The Twentieth Century to 1970
1974, George Allen & Unwin, H554p, ISBN 0-04-385063-4;
republished 1976, George Allen & Unwin, P550p, ISBN 0-04-385077-9.
Includes all forms of transport in London, but in detail only up to 1947; 1948-1970 is covered in a summary chapter. Despite the titles, the boundary between the volumes lies in the 1890s.

The Story of London's Underground, by John R. Day,
1971, London Transport, P190p, SBN (sic) 85329-016-4.

The London Underground: An illustrated history, by Oliver Green,
1987, Ian Allan, P80m, ISBN 0-7110-1720-4.

The Age of the Electric Train, by J.C. Gillham,
1988, Ian Allan, H208m, ISBN 0-7110-1392-6.
Covers all electric railways in Britain, not just the Underground.

A Regional History of the Railways of Great Britain: Volume 3, Greater London, by H.P. White,
1987, David & Charles, H237p, ISBN 0-946537-39-9.
Covers all railways in the London area.

London's Local Railways, by Alan A. Jackson,
1999, Capital Transport, H@m, ISBN 1-85414-209-7.

Subterranean City: Beneath the Streets of London, by Anthony Clayton,
2000, Historical Publications Ltd., H192c, ISBN 0-948667-69-9 .

Underground to Everywhere, by Stephen Halliday,
2001, Sutton Publishing, H248mk, ISBN 0-7509-2585-X.

Underground: How the Tube Shaped London, by David Bownes, Oliver Green, & Sam Mullins,
2012, Allen Lane, H286c, ISBN 978-1-846-14462-2.

Histories of specific lines or companies

Bakerloo Line

Sixty Years of the Bakerloo, by Charles E. Lee,
1966, London Transport, P24p, no ISBN.

A Short History of the Bakerloo Line, by M.A.C. Horne,
1990, Douglas Rose & Nebulous Books, P56m, ISBN 1-870354-05-2.

The Bakerloo Line, by Mike Horne,
2001, Capital Transport, P80mc, ISBN 1-85414-248-8.

The History of the Bakerloo Line, by Clive D.W. Feather,
2020, Crowood Press, P160c, ISBN 1-78500-745-9

Also see the Jubilee Line.

Central Line

Seventy Years of the Central,
1970?, London Transport, @, SBN 85329-013-X.

The Central Line, a Brief History, by Charles E. Lee,
1973?, London Transport, P32p, ISBN 0-85329-055-5.

A Short History of the Central Line, by M.A.C. Horne,
1987, Douglas Rose & Nebulous Books, P56m, ISBN 1-870354-01-X.

The Twopenny Tube, by J. Graeme Bruce and Desmond F. Croome,
1996, Capital Transport, P80mc, ISBN 1-85414-186-4.

Circle, Hammersmith & City, and Metropolitan Lines

The Metropolitan Line, a Brief History, by Charles E. Lee,
1972, London Transport, P32p, ISBN 0-85329-033-4.

The West London Joint Railways, by J.B. Atkinson,
1984, Ian Allan, H128m, ISBN 0-7110-1381-0.

London's Metropolitan Railway, by Alan A. Jackson,
1986, David & Charles, H416p, ISBN 0-7153-8839-8.

The Circle Line, by Desmond F. Croome,
2003, Capital Transport, P80mc, ISBN 1-85414-267-4.
Includes the Hammersmith & City Line.

The Metropolitan Line, by Mike Horne,
2003, Capital Transport, P96mc, ISBN 1-85414-275-5.

Croydon Tramlink

Tramlink Official Handbook, by Michael Steward, John Gent, and Colin Stannard,
2000, Capital Transport, P64c, ISBN 1-85414-222-4.

District Line

100 Years of the District,
1968?, London Transport, @.

The District Line, a Brief History, by Charles E. Lee,
1973, London Transport, P36p, ISBN 0-85329-050-4.

Going Green, by Piers Connor,
1993, Capital Transport, P80mc, ISBN 1-85414-157-0.

Docklands Light Railway

Stepney's Own Railway, by J.E. Connor,
1987, Connor & Butler, P128m, ISBN 0-947699-08-2.
Mostly about the London & Blackwall Railway, whose trackbed the DLR reused.

East London Line

The East London Line and the Thames Tunnel, by Charles E. Lee,
1976, London Transport, P24p, ISBN 0-85329-068-7.

East London Line, by Vic Mitchell and Keith Smith,
1996, Middleton Press, H96m, ISBN 0-873793-80-4.

Jubilee Line

The Jubilee Line, by Mike A.C. Horne,
2000, Capital Transport, P80mc, ISBN 1-85414-220-8.

Also see the Bakerloo Line.

Northern Line

Sixty Years of the Northern,
1967?, London Transport, @.

The Northern Line, a Brief History, by Charles E. Lee,
1973, London Transport, P32p, ISBN 0-85329-044-X.

A Short History of the Northern Line, by M.A.C. Horne,
1987, Douglas Rose & Nebulous Books, P48m, ISBN 1-870354-00-1.

The City & South London Railway, by T.S. Lascelles,
1987 (reprint of 1955 edition), The Oakwood Press, P48m, ISBN 0-85361-360-5.

Northern Wastes, by Jim Blake and Jonathan James,
1987, North London Transport Society, P48m, ISBN 0-946383-04-9.
This ISBN was found by an online search. The ISBN in my copy of the book is not valid.

The Northern Line, by Mike Horne and Bob Bayman,
1999, Capital Transport, P80mc, ISBN 1-85414-208-9.

By Tube Beyond Edgware, by Tony Beard,
2002, Capital Transport, H136mc, ISBN 1-85414-246-1.

Piccadilly Line

Sixty Years of the Piccadilly,
1966?, London Transport, @.

The Piccadilly Line, by Desmond Croome,
1998, Capital Transport, P80mc, ISBN 1-85414-192-9.

Victoria Line

The Story of the Victoria Line, by John R. Day,
1969, London Transport, P132p, SBN 85329-018-0.

A Short History of the Victoria Line, by M.A.C. Horne,
1988, Douglas Rose & Nebulous Books, P56m, ISBN 1-870354-02-8.

The Victoria Line, by Mike Horne,
2004, Capital Transport, P80mc, ISBN 1-85414-281-X.

Maps and Atlases

Railway Track Diagrams, volume 5 (Southern and TfL), by Quail,
1st ed., 1994, Quail Map Co., P60, ISBN 1-898319-07-3.
2nd ed., 2002, Quail Map Co., P64, ISBN 1-898319-52-9.
3rd ed., 2008, TRACKmaps, P64, ISBN 0-954986-64-4.
4th ed., 2019, TRACKmaps, P72, ISBN 1-999627-12-1.
Multiple editions listed because they show layouts at different dates

The London Underground, a Diagrammatic History, by Douglas Rose,
10th ed., Douglas Rose, fold-out colour diagram, ISBN 1-85414-476-6.

Railway Clearing House Atlas of London 1935,
2001, Ian Allan, H60 including 45 coloured diagrams, ISBN 0-7110-2789-7.


London's Underground Stations: A Social and Architectural Study, written and illustrated by Laurence Menear,
1983, Midas and also 1985, Baton Transport, ISBN 0-85936-124-1.

London Underground Stations, by David Leboff,
1994, Ian Allan, P160m, ISBN 0-7110-2226-7.

London's Disused Underground Stations, by J.E. Connor,
1st ed., 1999, Connor & Butler, P68m, ISBN 0-947699-29-5;
2nd ed., 2001, Capital Transport, H128m, ISBN 1-85414-250-X.
The two editions are very different and so both are listed.

The Directory of Railway Stations, by R.V.J. Butt,
1995, Patrick Stephens Limited, H296m, ISBN 1-85260-508-1.
A complete list of every passenger station that has existed in the British Isles, with opening and closing dates and name changes.

Specialized histories

Reconstructing London's Underground, by H. Follenfant,
1974, London Transport, H184p, ISBN 0-85329-039-3.
Civil engineering on the Underground from 1920 to 1973.

No Need to Ask!, by David Leboff and Tim Demuth,
1999, Capital Transport, H80c, ISBN 1-85414-215-1.
Underground maps up to 1933.

Mr Beck's Underground Map, by Ken Garland,
1994, Capital Transport, H80c, ISBN 1-85414-168-6.
Diagrammatic maps of the Underground by Harry Beck (used from 1933 to 1959).

Underground Maps After Beck, by Maxwell Roberts,
2005, Capital Transport, H112c, ISBN 1-85414-286-0.
Diagrammatic maps of the Underground from 1961 onwards.

Moving People from Street to Platform
2000, Elevator World Inc., H80m, ISBN 1-886536-25-2.
A brief history of escalators on the London Underground.

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