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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