Cathedrals of Steam: How London’s Great Stations Were Built—And How They Transformed the City by Christian Wolmar

London has 14 railway termini, more than any other city in the world. It has no Grand Central station like New York, nothing the Germans would call a Hauptbahnhof. It has no significant mainline stations that aren’t termini either and no line circling the city, like Paris’s Petite Ceinture. If you’re traveling from Manchester to Southampton, or Bristol to Norwich, say, you must change trains in London.


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