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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Collins (31 Jan 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007511965
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007511969
  • Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 1.8 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 86,510 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Michael on 28 Mar 2013
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Very interesting. Beeching knew what his political masters wanted- cost cutting- and he tried to produce it; that he chucked the baby out with the bathwater wasn't entirely his fault. Also necessary to remember that 21st century concerns like environmental impact, carbon footprint, social utility and peak oil- all of which favour rail over road- weren't on anyone's agenda in 1963. Beeching deserves a more nuanced appraisal fifty year on.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Granpoo on 3 April 2013
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I'm pleased with it overall. I spent a large part of my teen-age years as a steam train "anorak"; and found the whole business very upsetting!
The report is not an easy read and much of it, in retrospect, doesn't seem to be very sensible. However, it is historically important and I'm glad that I bought it.
The map section is not easy to follow, as I assume there has been a considerable reduction in the reproduction process. I might not have bought it at the price necessary to make the maps easily readable!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By cairns TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 26 May 2013
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I have rated it for it's social and historic reference, not for it's content. Unfortunately reducing it in size has done it no favours, the maps do not come out well. Beeching only got the job because he said what Marples, the then Transport Minister wanted to hear. Marples was very much the eminence gris behind the plan, and how a roadmaker got to be in that position is beyond belief. He was supposed to relinquish his shares in Marples Ridgway to his wife,(how passing them to his wife can be called relinquishing is beyond most people). There is no evidence that he ever did this. All round a shifty self centred politician who eventually had to hastily leave Britain because he hadn't paid tax for about 30 years. Therefore the plan was flawed from the beginning. The BTC directly running the Railways was the cause of most of the problem, dodgy off the drawing board diesels, huge white elephant marshalling yards and the continuance of building further steam loco's, some of which were in the same power range as many pre- nationalised types, that is what brought the Railway down. With them out of the way then things should have got better. Unfortunately they didn't. Within the report there is no sense of trying to improve, but only destroy. The main premises for axeing were, loss-making, duplicate routes and alternative methods of transport on offer. This adequately summed up the entire London area, but very few services there were scheduled to be axed and even fewer actually were. There are even examples of electrifying a few lines! Obviously Social costs were taken into consideration in London, but nowhere else, until the very able and competent Barbara Castle became Transport Minister.Read more ›
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Davie Easton on 30 April 2013
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Good to have a copy of this in my collection. I did not purchase this when it orginally came out, so it fills a gap in my railway library.

Though it is fairly dry for reading, it allows a reader to study all aspects of the report. One minus though is the maps, which for the reprint could have done with being enlarged.
David Easton
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By davecloche on 13 May 2013
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This facsimile of the original report is not easy reading. The map section suffers from reduction in size and is difficult to intepret, especially to someone like me with less than perfect vision. Arm youself with a magnifying glass. However it should be on every railway historian's bookshelf.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mike Jacobs on 10 Aug 2014
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This is a must publication for anyone interested in the destruction of much of Britain's railway system in the sixties and seventies. The report does not make for very easy reading, and in the light of subsequent history some of its findings seem to be a little loose, and sometimes suspect. The maps are fine, but sometimes difficult to read because of their size (were they larger in the original report?). Definitely recommended as an historical reference.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J E Smith on 6 May 2013
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Excellent reproduction. Only downside is that the maps (which were originally A4 size) loose detail by the reduction in size.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By paul doorbar on 22 May 2013
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this again is a great book, it trys to tell you why lines had to close but looking back I still disliked the man
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