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British Railways - Beeching And Beyond [DVD] [2009]


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  • Format: PAL
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Strike Force Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 27 April 2009
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001TJKVXM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 83,411 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A history of the modernisation and rationalisation of Britain's nationalised rail network, featuring archive film, newsreels and interviews with both railwaymen and historians. Locomotives featured include Gresley 'A4' Pacifics, 4472 Flying Scotsman, Deltics, Class 47 and 50 diesel-electrics, E3001 - electric Loco, the HS4000 Kestrel experimental loco, Class 87 electrics, APT, HST and the Railbus.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By timbo on 2 Sept. 2009
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This Excellent DVD covers the period where the last one finished off.
It covers the Beeching period until the beginnings of privatisation in 1984.
The modernisation of B.R., The end of Steam in 1968 and the lost battle B.R. had against the private motor car and haulage of goods on the roads in preference to the railways are well documented, as well as some sucesses B.R. had as well, The HST, Freightliner, Inter-City and the bulk "Merry Go Round" coal and mineral train services that lorries could not compete with.
The sadly under funded and failed APT project is covered in what should have been a world beater for it's time, right up to the first blows that began the final demise of B.R.

An excellent second DVD to complete the overall picture of this railway era.

British Railways - The Early Years 1948-1961 [DVD] [2009]
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By J. Jefferies on 26 May 2009
A very good insight into the Infamous Dr Beeching. The need for change stiff competition from road transport. Motorway construction etc. The labour intensive steam loco and finding staff to undertake the operation.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dr. M. J. Laidlaw on 21 Jun. 2009
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This is an informative and interesting DVD. It doesn't add a lot to other sources, but it brings together the history in broad brush strokes and there is some lovely footage of the engines and the landscape they belong to.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Grady O'Tool on 25 May 2009
If you enjoyed the Early Years DVD from the same series you are certain to enjoy this one.

I still think Beeching went too far and some of the routes that he recommended for closure, if retained, would have solved some of todays traffic problems. Just think of the container traffic that could have been shifted via the Great Central!

Some fascinating footage, some previously unpublished. The commentary is intelligent and well researched.

I recommend this DVD to anyone with a serious interest in railways.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. James T. Egan on 23 Jun. 2011
A complete education of British Railways through the Beeching Era and beyond. The footage throughout the DVD was excellent.
Over 2 hours entertainment of railway nostalgia. Good value at a reasonable cost.
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