Last Trains: Dr Beeching and the death of rural England

Last Trains: Dr Beeching and the death of rural England

Charles Loft


in the course of the process the Fifties England misplaced self belief in its rulers and confident itself it needs to modernise. The bankrupt, steam-powered railway, run through a Colonel Blimp, symbolised every thing that used to be mistaken with the rustic; the longer term lay in motorways and high-speed electrical – or maybe atomic – show trains. yet plans for a sparkling new railway method led to failure and at the roads site visitors flooring to a halt. alongside got here Dr Beeching, forensically analysing the railways’ difficulties and expertly offering his analysis: a 3rd of the nation’s railways needs to cross. neighborhood companies have been destroyed, rural England sacrificed for tarmac and wheel – at the very least that's how Dr Beeching is remembered this day. final Trains examines why and the way the railway method reduced in size, exposing the political mess ups that bankrupted the railways and scrutinising the makes an attempt of officers to appreciate a shipping revolution past their keep watch over. it's a tale of the increasing...

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