Beeching 50 years on
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In 1963 Dr Beeching's infamous report signalled the end for over 15,000 miles of track, a third of Britain's stations, over 70,000 jobs as well as the way of life for many consumers. Considerable misery was caused and Beeching's name was muddied, but in hindsight the report probably did more than any other single factor to preserve the nation's railway heritage. Without this report fifty years ago much of the locomotives, stock, tracks, signals and signs would have crumbled, been forgotten or rotted. The gentle railway gradients lend themselves perfectly to walkways and cycle paths. Buildings have been refurbished and memorabilia or `railwayana' now command prices at auction which would astonish those who painted the metal.
|Publication Date||11 Feb 2013|
|Publication Status||Out of print|