Rail freight in Britain: shaped by Beeching, despite his reputation

 

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The damage wrought by the Beeching report is an article of faith among rail enthusiasts, not to mention millions of would-be passengers living near branch lines closed down its wake.

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The damage wrought by the Beeching report is an article of faith among rail enthusiasts, not to mention millions of would-be passengers living near branch lines closed down its wake.

But among one section of the rail industry, there is a great degree of appreciation for other foundations that Dr Richard Beeching laid even as he brandished his axe, 50 years ago this month. That might seem heretical to many: at an event held by the Campaign for Better Transport at London's Science Museum last week, its president Michael Palin said Beeching "left a psychological and environmental scar unmatched by the scaling down of any other industry."
Rail freight in Britain: shaped by Beeching, despite his reputation

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