This book is an excellent read as it lets the reader know how not to run a railway. After the privatisation of British Rail by the myopic Conservative government, who had the habit of selling the national assets just so they could make a fast buck, the railways really went downhill - the Pendolinos are like high speed coffins they are that narrow!. People may have criticised BR but at least they knew how to run an efficient safe railway on a budget - they had to really as the government of the day (both Labour and Conservative) refused to invest the money needed, but as soon as rail privatisation occurred, public money (we are looking at billions here) was suddenly found to subsidise the numerous private companies involved, and it is still flowing - more public money has gone into the railways since privatisation than BR ever had to invest! - imagine what British Rail could have done with all those billions. However the book would have been better if there were more events described about the ludicrousness of the unmitigated disaster of rail privatisation, which leads to the obvious (and cheaper) thing and that is to renationalise the railways quickly.