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Rail Atlas: the Beeching Era [Hardcover]

Ian Allan Publishing
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5 Sep 2013 Rail Atlas
The Beeching Report 'The Reshaping of British Railways' was first published in 1963. This seminal document, about which much has been written and which remains highly controversial to this day, was one of the major influences in the creation of the railway industry in Britain today. The original report was produced in two parts: the first incorporated all the statistical analysis along with the schedule of stations and lines to close, whilst the second incorporated about a dozen maps that supplemented the information imparted by the written report. The original maps were relatively basic and designed to offer little more than a visual aide memoire to the actual report. These included maps recording the passenger lines destined to close in whole or in part, the coal freight flows not already carried by rail, the density of freight tonnage from each individual station and the freightliner routes and terminals then under construction. However, the combination of these two elements in conjunction with the cartographic database that has been the foundation of a number of railway atlases (including the recently reprinted 1955 volume), create a new, highly informative addition to the railway atlas series.

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  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Ian Allan Publishing (5 Sep 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0711035490
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711035492
  • Product Dimensions: 28.2 x 21.4 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 153,200 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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This is in the well known format of Ian Allan UK atlases over the last 40 years. The big improvement is the change to a full A4 size giving more space for detail in areas with many rail lines. The commentary and choice of photos is first class. This Atlas fills a gap in the many types of UK map produced over the years: pre-grouping, as at 1947,as at 1955, as at c 1967, as at 1989, and as at 2002 etc.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a new publication 29 Oct 2013
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excellent new publication very clear maps showing the effect of the Beeching era of closures and a good summary of the time
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good, but sad. 31 May 2014
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When you get this, this shows some pictures of some of the stations & lines that we've lost over the years and it's only when you get to see the actual maps do you realise how much of the railway network that butcher Beeching removed and how many then small villages & medium sized villages which have now become sizable towns, have become unnecessarily isolated from the railway network.

A poignant reminder of corporate vandalism.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Beeching Era. 31 Dec 2013
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There are one or two minor errors, but very useful over all. A valuable addition to mapping the changing shape to British railways.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very informative 31 Mar 2014
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A fascinating atlas, not least for someone like me who lived through the Beeching era but had forgotten exactly which lines had been proposed for closure yet which remain open today.
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