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This review is from: Dr Beeching's Axe 50 Years On: Memories of Britain's Lost Railways (Paperback)
There is value in this record of the lines that were lost in the 1960s and 1970s. But the subtitle talks of 'memories' and that is not the word that comes to mind as you plough through this formulaic account of the different branch lines and minor through routes that were taken out of service. Occasionally the author ventures an adjective such as 'delightful' (of a country railway), but the entries stick to a plan - brief history of the line, how much traffic it had just before closure, and what happened to the line and its set-up later.
The maps are poor. I dug out the very good Railway Atlas: Then and Now (by Smith & Turner), and had it open alongside this book. This helped on many occasions to understand what was being described.
A lot of research is embedded here, and the pictures are of interest, but there are many livelier and more colourful books about the old railways.
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Initial post: 2 Mar 2013 21:30:48 GMT
Julian Holland says:
I am very sorry that the reviewer found the maps poor. They are, in fact, the maps that were actually used in the 'Beeching Report.'
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