The Rise and Fall Of British Railways : Branch & Minor Lines (Haynes H4704)

The Rise and Fall Of British Railways : Branch & Minor Lines (Haynes H4704)
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The Rise and Fall of British Railways : Branch & Minor Lines (Haynes H4704)

The Rise and Fall of British Railways Branch and Minor Lines tells the story of the much-loved British branch line. The book begins with the early days of optimism and railway mania, covers the financial struggles and closures of the 1930s through to the nationalisation of the railways in 1948, and then - the main focus - explores the perpetual problems that British Railways experienced for 50 years in trying to make the railways profitable.

The photographer was fortunate to capture two locomotives in a single frame at Brecon station on 10 September 1962. In the turntable siding is 0-6-0PT No 9631, while in the bay platform Collett 0-6-0 No 3201 is ready to leave for Moat Lane Junction. Gavin Morrison

The Government called upon industrialist Dr Richard Beeching to head the British Railways Board in an attempt to eliminate growing losses. The result of his deliberations was a report, published in 1963, called 'The Reshaping of British Railways', which proposed radical change, including the widespread closure of loss-making lines and stations.

The atmosphere of the country branch line is encapsulated in this appealing study of the Culm Valley Light Railway at Uffculme in June 1972.The Rise and Fall of British Railways Branch and Minor Lines examines closely the findings of the report and their subsequent implementation, the public reaction to the proposals, the degree of government interference and the reasons behind the gradually slowing pace of the closures.

In nearly 400 glorious photographs, this book features open and closed branch and minor lines nationwide and the transition from the days of steam and early devices with internal combustion engines to the modern motive power of today's railways.

The Rise and Fall of British Railways Branch and Minor Lines continues the fascinating story of branch lines through sectorisation to the eventual privatisation of BR and beyond.

Book No : H4704

ISBN : 9781844257041

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