The Beeching Report: 50 years on

Dr Richard Beeching (right) examining the newly-painted arch of Paddington Station's Brunel roof Photo: PA Wire

Today marks 50 years since the publication of the Beeching report, which led to the closure of large sections of Wales' rail network

It was on March 27th 1963 that the British Railways Board, chaired by Dr Richard Beeching, produced the recommendations that were to lead to an axing of train routes and stations.

With the railways more popular than ever, and more trains now running than in the year before the Beeching report, opinion remains divided as to the long-term effects of his recommendations.

While some point to the modern successes in terms of passengers carried and smarter trains and stations, others, including the rail unions, see Beeching as the archetypal 'evil axeman'.

But the Beeching axe didn't sever people's connection with the railway. Rob Shelley has been to trace the route of one of the lines closed - from Ruabon to Barmouth.