British Railways in the 1950s and '60s
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British Railways in the 1950s and '60s

by Greg Morse
     
 

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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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780747812623
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
09/20/2012
Series:
Shire Library , #699
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
56
File size:
12 MB
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Meet the Author

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.

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