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.

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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.

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