Rail revival after Beeching cuts

Fifty years ago, 2,000 railway stations closed and 6,000 miles of track were lost. That's what happened when Dr Richard Beeching - and the Government of the day - carried out a major overhaul of our rail network.

Railways working again as heritage lines

The Beeching rail cuts, 50 years ago, left communities cut off from the mainline network. Today, though, some of the lines are back working - as heritage railways, thanks to the work of volunteers. Our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse has a special report.

Interviewees: Peter Beauge, Watercress Line volunteer; Anna WIlson-Barnes, Watercress Line; Stephen Joseph, Campaign for Better Transport; Brian Hart, Brighton Main Line 2 Campaign Roger Orchard, Didcot Railway Centre; and Michael Palin, broadcaster and rail enthusiast.