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The Reshaping of British Railways

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The Reshaping of British Railways is a piece of railway history every dedicated enthusiast will want in their collection. Bradshaw's Guide has given birth to a wave of nostalgia for our Victorian and Edwardian railway systems. The Reshaping of British Railways, another facsimile which will fascinate train buffs, is the document that decimated these systems forever. With the British Rail company's failure, by the early 1960s, to stem the network's huge annual losses, the government turned to Dr Richard Beeching. He was to save money by recommending the cutting of redundant routes and services. His two reports, The Reshaping of British Railways (1963) and The Development of the Major Railway Trunk Routes (1965), were published by the British Railways Board in 1965, and offer a fascinating snapshot of our nation's railways. In the first part of this historic facsimile, Dr Beeching identifies the 2,363 stations and 5,000 miles (8,000 km) of railway line for closure - over 50% of all stations and 30% of route miles. The second part recommends a small number of major remaining routes for significant investment. Well documented nationwide protests resulted in the saving of some stations and lines, but the majority were closed as planned and Beeching's name is to this day associated with the mass closure of railways and the loss of many local services in the period that followed. Now, for the first time, this iconic piece of railway history is available in its entirety, complete with the original tables and maps of routes deemed fit for closure.

Beeching Report The Reshaping of British Railways

Author : Richard BEECHING
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Railway Renaissance

Author : Gareth David
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When a 35 mile stretch of the former Waverley route from Edinburgh to Carlisle reopened on 6 September 2015, it became the most significant reopening of any UK railway since the infamous Beeching Report ,'The reshaping of British Railways', was published in March 1963. In his report, Dr Riochard Beeching recommended sweeping closures of lines across the UK to improve the financial performance of British railways, which led to wholesale closures over the following decade and a reduction in the UK rail network from 18,000 miles in 1963, to some 11,000 miles a decade later. But since that low point was reached in the early 1970s a revolution has been taking place. Passenger traffic on the railways is now at its highest level since the 1940s and from Alloa to Aberdare, as well as from Mansfield to Maesteg, closed lines have reopened and the tide of Beeching closures has been gradually rolled back. Scores of stations have been reopened and on many of the newly revived lines, passenger traffic is far exceeding the forecasts used to support their reopening. In this comprehensive survey of new and reopened railways and stations across England, Scotland and Wales, Gareth David asks what it tells us about Dr Beeching's report, looking at how lines that were earmarked for closure in that report, but escaped the axe, have fared and reviews the host of further routes, which are either set to be reopened or are the focus of reopening campaigns.

Rail Atlas

Author : Peter Waller (Writer on locomotives)
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This title explores the impact of 'The Beeching Report' on the passenger and freight lines of Britain. It uses maps to detail which lines were threatened, which lines were closed and which lines subsequently reopened.

Rail Atlas 1970

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In 1963 the then Chairman of the British Railways Board, Dr (later Lord) Richard Beeching produced his report on the future structure of the railway industry. Innocuously entitled The Reshaping of Britain's Railways, the report was to become one of the most controversial documents ever produced on a major British industry and, 40 years on, still represents one of the defining moments of Britain's railway history. Tasked by the government with reducing the ever-increasing losses suffered by the railway industry, Beeching's response was to take a root-and-branch analysis of each line that was still operational; the result was the infamous 'axe' - the proposal to close vast swathes of the railway network, thereby creating vast areas that were no longer served by rall. Although there were more positive aspects to the report, such as the emphasis on bulk freight traffic, it was the closure programme that most people, and especially railway enthusiasts, remember most. From 1964 onwards, the railways contracted rapidly; even the election of a new Labour Government in 1964 failed to stem the flow of closures but, by 1970, the majority of closures scheduled by Beeching had occurred.The early 1970s, however, did witness further limited closures as many of the lines which had been reprieved earlier, such as the lines serving much of east Lincolnshire, succumbed. In the second of Ian Allan Publishing's new series of historical railway atlases, the year 1970 comes under the spotlight. Taking 1 May 1970 as the cut off, the book provides a graphic portrait of the railway network as it existed after the wholesale closures of the 1960s. In 45 full colour maps, along with a comprehensive index, the user is provided with an interesting snapsnot of the railway industry at the time. For many, it will be illuminating to see how many routes survived the Beeching era only to succumb in the period after 1970; routes such as those to Bridport, lifracombe, Swanage and Minehead all feature as passenger routes while others, such as the branch to Hemyock, continued to eke out their existence as freight only lines.

A Bibliography of British Railway History

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A Bibliography of British Railway History

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British Railways in Transition

Author : Derek H. Aldcroft
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British Commercial Institutions

Author : Peter F. Payne
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Review of the Penn Central s Aondition 1971 Hearings Before the Subcommittee on Surface Transportation 92 1 July 27 and 28 1971

Author : United States. Congress. Senate. Commerce
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The Impact of the Railway on Society in Britain

Author : Jack Simmons
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Concentrating on the theme of the railways, and how they dramatically affected the development of Britain and her society, this book, dedicated to the memory of the late Professor Simmons, touches on numerous issues he first highlighted, which are now mai

Beeching

Author : Richard Harry Norman Hardy
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An Annotated Bibliography on Relations Between Government and Industry in Britain 1960 82

Author : Stephen C. Young
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The Railway Magazine

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Railroad Industry Overview 1971 Hearings Before the Subcommittee on Surface Transportation 92 1 on March 30 April 22 May 4 and July 21 1971

Author : United States. Congress. Senate. Commerce
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Inland Transport Statistics Great Britain 1900 1970 Railways public road passenger transport London s transport

Author : Denys Lawrence Munby
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Railway Age

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The Indian Railway Gazette

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Each no. includes a Directory of railway officials.

The Railway Clearing House in the British Economy 1812 1922

Author : Philip Sidney Bagwell
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Bulletin English Ed New Series

Author : International Railway Congress Association
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