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Anthony Poulton-Smith
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1 Feb 2013
In 1963 Dr Beeching’s infamous report signalled the end for over 15,000 miles of track, a third of Britain’s stations, and for 70,000 jobs, as well as making irrevocable changes to the way of life of many consumers. Much 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 the Beeching cuts, much of the locomotives, stock, tracks, signals and signs would have crumbled, been forgotten or rotted. However, the gentle railway gradients lend themselves perfectly to walkways and cycle paths; buildings have been refurbished; memorabilia now commands prices at auction which would astonish those who painted the metal. And of course, the heritage lines continue to draw many thousands of visitors each year. After the initial shock of the cuts, this fresh appraisal considers these benefits and more, which may not have come about without the Beeching Report.

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (1 Feb 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752480928
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752480923
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 125,515 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Anthony Poulton Smith spent twenty years working in light engineering before becoming a full-time freelance journalist and author. Over the last 20 years he has written manuals, flyers, and newsletters for the commercial sector; produced crosswords, puzzles, and quizzes; and written extensively on many subjects, including etymology, history, travel, and the paranormal. He has a long-standing interest in railways and, together with his son, does volunteer work and visits many heritage railways.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed 13 Mar 2013
By Tony H.
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I ordered this book on the basis of the description on the website. I was very disappointed when it arrived as the content was less about a discussion of the effects of the Beeching report and more the description of the Heritage railways which has been better done in other books. It left whole areas of the country unexplored where the Beeching cuts have drastically affected the transport network. Yes it is good to read what the preservation scene has achieved and how footpaths have opened up the countryside but this was not the impression I got from the synopsis.
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The book arrived quickly and was in the condition I expected. The book content was not quite what I was expecting - but I am enjoying it.
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