The West Highland Lines: Post-Beeching (Paperback)

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The railway lines of the West Highlands are famous the world over for their illustrious history and unparalleled scenic beauty. Linking Glasgow with Oban, Fort William, and Mallaig, the lines managed to survive the axe of Dr. Beeching, whose infamous report forced the closure of almost a third of Britain's railways in the 1960s. With a detailed look at the lines, their workings, and rolling stock since then, Webster examines how the West Highland network has gone on to prosper to the present day. Despite Beeching, BR’s rationalization, privatization, fluctuating freight traffic levels, and economic downturn, it retained its unique infrastructure in the modern age. Today the use of modern traction, together with the return of steam-hauled trains, has added yet another dimension to this wonderful scenic route.

About the Author

Gordon D. Webster studied journalism at the Glasgow Caledonian University. He is the author of The Rainways of Glasgow.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780752497068
ISBN-10: 0752497065
Publisher: The History Press
Publication Date: July 1st, 2014
Pages: 176
Language: English