The Fifties Railway (Britain's Heritage Series)
- Language:English (Published)
- Shipping Weight (lbs):1.11
- Publication Date:August 15, 2018
Under maintained and over-worked during the Second World War, Britain's railways emerged from the conflict carrying a `poor bag of physical assets'. Yet the new government of 1945 saw a need to bring the nation's great industries into public ownership - a move that saw the creation of a single network three years later. At first, it seemed like `business as usual', but as the fifties dawned and BR's deficit grew deeper, it was clear that costs needed to be cut wherever possible. And that meant modernisation. Published at the very end of 1954, the so-called Modernisation Plan would see the ordering of over 170 diesel locomotives and the launch of a bold plan to electrify much of the West Coast Main Line. The down side for enthusiasts and traditionalists was the beginning of the end for steam, though the path to modernisation would not run smooth; neither would it come cheap. The decade would end much as it had begun - with a new government seeking ways to save money. Doctor Beeching was on his way.
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