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British Railways in the 1970s and '80s (Shire Library) [Kindle Edition]

Greg Morse

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For British Rail, the 1970s was a time of contrasts, when bad jokes about sandwiches and pork pies often belied real achievements, like increasing computerisation and the arrival of the high-speed Inter-City 125s. But while television advertisements told of an ‘Age of the Train’, Monday morning misery continued for many, the commuter experience steadily worsening as rolling stock aged and grew ever more uncomfortable. Even when BR launched new electrification schemes and new suburban trains in the 1980s, focus still fell on the problems that beset the Advanced Passenger Train, whose ignominious end came under full media glare. In British Railways in the 1970s and ’80s, Greg Morse guides us through a world of Traveller’s Fare, concrete concourses and peak-capped porters, a difficult period that began with the aftershock of Beeching but ended with BR becoming the first nationalised passenger network in the world to make a profit.

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Greg Morse is a writer and railway professional, and the author of 'British Railways in the 1960s and 60s'. He also wrote 'John Betjeman' for Shire.

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British Railways – the butt of many jokes – was formed in 1948, when the Great Western, London Midland & Scottish, London & North Eastern and Southern Railways were taken into public ownership, together with fifty smaller concerns. It was originally divided into six regions, controlled by the Railway Executive – one of five that answered to the British Transport Commission, which had been established to provide a “properly integrated
system of public inland transport and port facilities within Great Britain”. The Railway Executive inherited over 20,000 locomotives, 56,000 coaches, a million wagons, 43,000 road vehicles, 650,000 members of staff and nearly 9,000 horses. Much of the rolling stock – and the track on which it ran – was in poor condition, having been heavily used and lightly maintained during the Second World War.

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  • File Size: 4370 KB
  • Print Length: 4000 pages
  • Publisher: Shire (August 20, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D0O6UM0
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Greg Morse was born too long ago but soon took up the pen. Much scribbling was followed by doodling and a fair bit of drawing. Eventually, he realised what he was meant to be doing with it and started writing.

After studying English at various institutions, Greg began producing articles in the late 1990s. His first book - "John Betjeman: Reading the Victorians" - came in 2008; his latest, a 10,000-word Shire summary looking at railway accidents, and the safety systems designed to prevent them, will be published in October 2014.


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