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Last Trains

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During the course of the 1950s England lost confidence in its rulers and convinced itself it must modernise. The bankrupt, steam-p... Weiterlesen
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Beschreibung

During the course of the 1950s England lost confidence in its rulers and convinced itself it must modernise. The bankrupt, steam-powered railway, run by a Colonel Blimp, symbolised everything that was wrong with the country, the future lay in motorways and high-speed electric or even atomic express trains. But plans for a gleaming new railway system ended in failure and on the roads traffic ground to a halt. Along came Dr Beeching, forensically analysing the railways problems and expertly delivering his diagnosis: a third of the nations railways must go. Local services were destroyed, rural England sacrificed for tarmac and wheel at least that is how Dr Beeching is remembered today. Last Trains examines why and how the railway system contracted, exposing the political failures that bankrupted the railways and scrutinising the attempts of officials to understand a transport revolution beyond their control. It is a story of the increasing alienation of bureaucrats from the public they thought they were serving, but also of a nation struggling to come to terms with modernity.

Autorentext

Charles Loft is a railway enthusiast who currently works as a policy adviser and still occasionally gets lost while looking for forgotten railways.

Produktinformationen

Titel: Last Trains
Untertitel: Dr Beeching and the death of rural England
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EAN: 9781849545631
ISBN: 978-1-84954-563-1
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Adobe-DRM
Format: E-Book (epub)
Herausgeber: Biteback Publishing
Genre: Fahrzeuge, Flugzeuge, Schiffe, Raumfahrt
Anzahl Seiten: 336
Veröffentlichung: 27.03.2013
Jahr: 2013
Untertitel: Englisch
Dateigrösse: 2.4 MB