Oh, Dr Beech­ing!

Country Life Every Week - - Letters To The Editor -

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

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