Andrew Martin’s diary: Steam engines, ear wax, and how class prejudice could have stopped Brexit

Britain’s preserved railway lines are a phenomenon of localism as much as nostalgia.

On 11 August, it will be the 50th anniversary of the end of steam traction on British Rail; or what was supposed to be the end. Yet steam locomotives were back on BR’s main lines for special excursions by 1971, and the preserved railway movement had been up and running for 17 years. The preserved railways operate steam locos or diesels – often along revived country branch lines that the railway axeman, Dr Beeching, thought he’d closed in the 1960s.

The steam locos are the...
source: New Statesman

2018-08-09 20:35
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