British Railways - Beeching and Beyond 1962-1984 (DVD)
The definitive archive film-led history of the modernisation and rationalisation of Britain's nationalised rail network.
The watershed year for Britain's railways came in 1963 with the appointment of Dr. Richard Beeching to the British Railways Board and the publication of his controversial 'Beeching Plan'; its impact and his legacy on the railways is investigated in detail here.
Beeching famously brought about widespread railway line closures and the end of steam locomotion but was also responsible for pioneering and revenue-generating initiatives like the formation of the Inter-City network, West Coast Mainline Electrification, 'Merry-Go-Round' coal trains and the 'Freightliner' system.
The story of this controversial period is told in definitive detail with archive film, newsreels and testimony and interviews with both railwaymen and historians.
Gresley 'A4' Pacifics, 4472 Flying Scotsman, Deltics, Class 47 and 50 Diesel - Electrics, E3001 - Electric Loco, the HS4000 Kestrel experimental loco, Class 87 electrics, APT, HST and the Railbus.
Alan Pegler OBE – railway preservation pioneer and saviour of the Flying Scotsman
Jim Rees of the National Railway Museum
Steam-era engine drivers John Fletcher, Fred Andrews and Ted Abear
Chris Green, Managing Director of B.R. Inter-City