While I have not read the book, I love this build. I particularly liked the attention to detail with all the crumbly bits and the fantastic arched back which really creates a sense of being in an underground subway station.
As though making a very nice looking cutaway street scene with an underground Metro (subway for our US readers) train wasn’t enough, serial genius Esben Kolind has gone several better. His Metro train and station uses NXT, technic and a load of smarts to feature sliding doors which open when the train hits the station. But wait there’s more. Not content with just having the train doors open, the station doors open at the same time, preventing minifig suicide, and impressing the pants off onlookers. And to lift (excuse the pun) his game, Esben also adds a working elevator.
I’ve seen a lot of trains, but I don’t remember seeing a subway scene. If that’s what you’re look for, then Nathaniel Brill has something for you. The train runs on a 12-volt track, which is not the standard train track design by LEGO. Also note that the arched ceiling in the subway station is built from skateboard ramps.