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The Eastern Before Beeching
Ian Allan

The Eastern Before Beeching

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In 1948 the London & North Eastern Railway. the second largest of the 'Big Four' railway companies, was split on Nationalisation between three of the new British Railways' Regions - the Scottish. the Eastern and the North Eastern. The former saw the ex-LNER lines combined with those of the erstwhile competitor - the London Midland & Scottish - into a single unit which quickly saw changes of motive power as traditional barriers were broken, but both the Eastern and North Eastern Regions retained. despite much tinkering with their boundaries, the feel and atmosphere of the pre-Nationalised company until the effects of the Modernisation Plan and the Beaching Report came to fruition in the early 19605. In the Eastern before Beeching John Brodribb examines both the Eastern and North Eastern Regions Basing his examination upon each of the main pre-Grouping companies - the North Eastern. the Great Northern, the Great Eastern and Great Central - he paints a picture of the traditional railway in the era before dieselisation led to the demise of the great variety of steam engine and the Beeching 'axe' led to the withdrawal of railway services from whole areas of the country.

Fully illustrated with a superb collection of historic photographs. the Eastern before Beaching is a fascinating portrait of Britain's railways before radical change altered the nature of the country's railways for ever.

Hardback with dust jacket, 128 pages, black & white photographs

Condition: Very Good

ISBN: 9780711022409

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