Oh, Dr Beeching!
IENJOYED Simon Jenkins’s article on railway stations and have resolved to visit more of those he mentioned. However, I would like to remind him that without Dr Beeching’s cuts to branch lines, there would be few if any places available today for preserved railways to run. The result would have been a collection of rather boring static steam engines in museums, but few actually running and giving so much enjoyment to so many people. The wonderful work done on these lines in preserving, maintaining and even rebuilding from scratch the stations would then most likely have not been done. This has turned these lines, unsustainable except at great expense to the taxpayer, into mostly profitable businesses worth millions of pounds in many cases and supporting other aspects of our industrial heritage— the Law of Unintended Consequences strikes again! Ian Russell, Surrey