Scotland's Lost Branch Lines: Where Beeching Got it Wrong (Birlinn)

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In this book, railway historian David Spaven traces the history of Scotland's branch lines and examines the closure process which was followed to close many of Scotland's branch lines during the 1960s.

The infamous Beeching Report had a devastating effect on Scotland's rural railway network, with most rural branch lines facing the axe during a period of growing affluence and rising car ownership.

David Spaven looks at which lines closed and which survived, as well as digging into original reference material to uncover cases where lines could have been saved, but potential for service improvement and growth was ignored.

The book concludes with a look at the potential for reopening some of Scotland's branch lines in the future as concern over road congestion and the environment grows.

Illustrated with around 100 black & white photographs. Hardback. 296 pages.

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