Fifty years ago tonight the infamous Dr Richard Beeching was putting the finishing touches to his report that would see the closure of thousands of stations and rail lines. The twenty-seventh of March 2013 marks five decades since the publication of the report that led to the end of steam.
However steam made a return in the South today, during the morning rush hour. The Cathedrals Express ran from Newbury to Canterbury with passengers at some stations seeing a steam train stop there for the first time since the 'sixties.
The Beeching cuts, and the event of fewer people using trains, meant it was the beginning of the end of traditional dining cars. But, as you can see in our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse's report, the dining carriages are also now back on track.
The interviewees are: Karen Aylett, a Pullman Host; and Dan Panes from First Great Western.
You can see all of our coverage on the fiftieth anniversary of the Beeching cuts by clicking here.
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