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A lyrical memorial to some of the stations closed by 'The Beeching Report'.

CHANNEL | BBC Television Service

FIRST BROADCAST | 27 March 1963

DURATION | 2 minutes 41 seconds

FIRSTBROADCAST

1963

Synopsis

'The Beeching Report' has been published announcing that 4,000 miles of railway line and 2,000 stations will be closed. Against footage of steam trains rushing past, some of the most romantic, beautiful, brutal, strange and comic station names are read out as testimony to 'the threads that bound the nation together'.

Did you know?

The first part of 'The Beeching Report' was called 'The Reshaping of Britain's Railways'. The cuts carried out between 1962 and 1968 resulted in: staff numbers being slashed from 500,000 to 300,000; miles of railway line reduced from 17,000 to 13,000; locomotives culled from 14,000 to 5,000 and carriages decimated from 36,000 to 20,000. The number of miles travelled shrank from 335 million to 250 million.

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