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British Railways in the 1950s and '60s By Greg Morse

British Railways in the 1950s and '60s
by Greg Morse

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British Railways in the 1950s and '60s by Greg Morse

As Britain moved from austerity to prosperity in the 1950s and 1960s, it became clear that British Railways needed to modernise its equipment and rationalise its network if it was to hold its own in the face of growing competition from road and air transport. After attempting to maintain pre-war networks and technology in the 1950s, a reversal of policy in the 1960s brought line closures, new liveries and the last breath of steam, as Dr Beeching and his successors strove to break even and build a new business from the old. From Britannia to the 'Blue Pullman', Evening Star to Inter-City, Greg Morse takes us through this turbulent twenty-year period, which started with drab prospects and ended with BR poised to launch the fastest diesel-powered train in the world.

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About Greg Morse

Greg Morse is a long-time enthusiast of writer about British raiwlays, having a particular interest in the British Railways years from 1948 to the 1980s. He is co-author, with Chris Ellis, of 'Steaming Through Britain', and wrote 'John Betjeman' for Shire.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Transition Through Time / Nationalisation: Catalyst for Change / Modernisation: Plans and Dreams / The Beeching Years / A last Breath of Steam / The Next Train / Places to Visit / Further Reading and Viewing / Index

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British Railways in the 1950s and '60s by Greg Morse
Greg Morse
Shire Library
Used - Very Good
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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