Dr Beeching s Remedy

Dr Beeching s Remedy
Author: David Clough
Publsiher: Ian Allan Publishing
Total Pages: 0
Release: 2013
Genre: Railroads
ISBN: 0711035423

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The ten years from 1955 to 1965 arguably witnessed a greater upheaval in the way BR operated than the period surrounding privatisation. First came the 1955 Modernisation Plan, when vast sums were invested in order to make the network more efficient. Then, in 1962, Richard Beeching was appointed as BR chairman with a mandate to make the Railways run at a profit. As we approach the 50th anniversary of the Beeching Report this book is a timely re-evaluation from a broad perspective of the impact of the report.

Ernest Marples

Ernest Marples
Author: David Brandon,Martin Upham
Publsiher: Pen and Sword Transport
Total Pages: 365
Release: 2022-01-12
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 9781526760197

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This biography examines the life and career of the conservative politician who led the charge to reshape British Railways in the mid-twentieth century. Ernest Marples was one of the most influential and controversial British politicians of the mid-twentieth century. As the Minister of Transport (1959–1964) he appointed Dr. Beeching chairman of British Railways and commissioned him to produce his infamous “Beeching Report”. Earlier, as Postmaster General (1957–1959), he reformed Post Office accounting systems and launched postcodes and Subscriber Trunk Dialing. Though Marples evaded implicated in the Profumo Affair which rocked the Conservative Party, his political career was over soon afterwards. Questionable business practices, and a 1975 flight to Monaco, drew scrutiny from Inland Revenue. Beeching, unhappy under a Labour government, returned to private industry. This biography of Marples draws on newly-available archives to examine Marples’s career as well as public and private transport policy, the growing power of the pro-road lobby, and the successful campaign to identify personal freedom with driving.

The Railwaymen

The Railwaymen
Author: Philip S. Bagwell
Publsiher: Taylor & Francis
Total Pages: 440
Release: 2022-12-30
Genre: Business & Economics
ISBN: 9781000818215

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Originally published in 1982, The Railwaymen examines the impact of the transformation which took place in the British Railways in the second half of the 20th Century on the people who maintained British railway services and reveals the change which took place in the union to which most of them belonged: the National Union of Railwaymen (now part of the National Union of Rail and Maritime Transport Workers: RMT). The union’s reaction to the Beeching closures of the 1960s and the Industrial Relations Act of 1971, its policies on the closed shop, inter-union rivalries, representation in Parliament and the constitution of the Labour Party are treated authoritatively by the author who had access to all the union’s records.

Last Train to Polmouth

Last Train to Polmouth
Author: John Trethewey
Publsiher: AuthorHouse
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2016-03-22
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9781524630164

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In 1964, British Railways closed numerous loss-making branch lines. The coastal Cornish village of Polmouth is cut off from the outside world and faces slow extinction. The villages only asset, Polmine Estate, potentially valuable building land, loses all value overnight. Historian and Latin teacher Felix Ingram has an audacious plan to buy the estate to save his beloved village, but his project founders upon his death in 1974. He bequeaths his fortune to former pupils Colin Penpolney and Petra Zabrinski, who hardly know each other. They set out to realise Ingrams ambitions but suddenly find themselves faced with calamitous interventions from the Ministry of Defence and an East German assassin. Will Ingrams project ever be realised? A delightful romance with a sequence of hilarious comedy scenarios is set in a Cold War conflict played out in a Cornish village on the brink of extinction and its defunct tin mine. Everything looks set for the renaissance of Polmouth, until Zoltan von Horvth arrives from Berlin.

The Transport Revolution 1770 1985

The Transport Revolution 1770 1985
Author: Philip Bagwell
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 501
Release: 1988-09-15
Genre: History
ISBN: 9781134985012

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For the new edition of this classic book Professor Bagwell has included an examination of transport developments since 1974 and particularly the radical changes in policy introduced by Thatcher governments since 1979. The inclusion of a large number of maps, tables and figures, and contemporary illustrations of principal modes of transport enhances the reader's understanding and enjoyment of the text. `The most comprehensive, detailed and up-to-date book on the subject.' -TLS `Full of apt and revealing examples which bring alive and make more readily intelligible the fundamental economic arguments.' - Agricultural History Review

King s Cross Second Man

King s Cross Second Man
Author: Norman Hill
Publsiher: Casemate Publishers
Total Pages: 344
Release: 2018-11-30
Genre: Transportation
ISBN: 9781473878259

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Late in 1964 the author made a career change from the Midland Region railway clerical grades, to the Eastern Region Motive Power Department at King's Cross, initially as a locomotive cleaner. This was the realization of an ambition held for some ten years and by the end of December 1964, he became eligible for second man duties. On 28 December 1964, he was second man on a return trip to Peterborough, and determined to keep a record of the run; locomotive employed, the driver he accompanied, the rostered diagram and the actual circumstances of the diagram. Norman duly recorded this shift, along with all shifts worked during his employment as second man.Norman realized that such a record would be of great interest to both railway enthusiasts and employees, past and present. Especially those who worked on the southern section of the East Coast Main Line or those with a special interest in the railways of the 1960s a formative period of railway modernization when 150 years of steam-powered railway locomotion gave way to more modern means of motive power. This book will use Norman's records of 1964-68 as a basis for an account in which he will show the slow and difficult transition of Britains railway from its traditional steam-powered world into the modern world of diesel and electric traction.Norman's work as second man took him to places and railway installations in North London that no longer exist, and which have taken their place in railway history, and sometimes even within the broader fabric of the history of London, and of England itself. Through the medium of Norman's records of 1960's railway working, he looks back and rediscovers these forgotten places and so contrasts nineteenth-century railways and industrial history with operating practices on todays modern British railways.

Surveyor and Municipal and County Engineer

Surveyor and Municipal and County Engineer
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 918
Release: 1963
Genre: Municipal engineering
ISBN: OSU:32435029737426

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The Surveyor and Municipal and County Engineer

The Surveyor and Municipal and County Engineer
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 766
Release: 1963
Genre: Municipal engineering
ISBN: UOM:39015080155784

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