Last Trains

Last Trains

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Last Trains: Dr Beeching and the Death of Rural England

Written by Charles Loft

Read by Michael Fenton Stevens

During the course of the 1950s England lost confidence in its rulers and convinced itself to modernise. The bankrupt steam-powered railway, run by a retired general, symbolised everything that was wrong with the country; the future lay in motorways and high speed electric – or even atomic – express trains. But plans for a gleaming new railway system ended in failure and on the roads traffic ground to a halt.

Dur: 9hrs 32mins MONO

Available in 3 ‘flavours’ offering differing quality vs file size (all the same price!):

  • 1.28GB – 320Kbps (highest quality)
  • 1.02GB – 256Kbps (great quality) 
  • 788MB – 192Kbps (still better than CD-quality!)

 

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Product Description

 

“Thoughtful and well-researched analysis…” – Edinburgh Evening News

“This book tells the full story behind the Beeching cuts.” – Your Family Tree

During the course of the 1950s England lost confidence in its rulers and convinced itself to modernise. The bankrupt steam-powered railway, run by a retired general, symbolised everything that was wrong with the country; the future lay in motorways and high speed electric – or even atomic – express trains. But plans for a gleaming new railway system ended in failure and on the roads traffic ground to a halt.

Along came Dr Beeching, forensically analysing the railways’ problems and delivering an expert’s diagnosis a third of the nation’s railways must go. This was the point at which the reality of modernisation dawned and rural England fell victim to the road and car – at least that is how Dr Beeching is remembered today. Last Trains examines why and how the railway system contracted, exposing the political failures that bankrupted the railways and examining officials’ attempts to understand a transport revolution beyond their control.

It is a story of the increasing alienation of bureaucrats from the public they thought they were serving, but also of a nation that thinks it lives in the countryside trying to come to terms with modernity.


ABOUT THE NARRATOR

Read by MICHAEL FENTON STEVENS (The Science of The Discworld, Long Earth, Long War, David Jason: Autobiography, Spitting Image, KYTV)

Additional Information

Narrator

Michaeal Fenton Stevens

Editor

Oliver Denman

Producer

Neil Gardner

Copyright

Spokenworld Audio/Ladbroke Audio Ltd/Biteback Publishing

Released

2013

File Size/Quality

, 192kbps (better than CD), 256kbps (superb quality), 320kbps (highest quality)

3 reviews for Last Trains

  1. :

    “Thoughtful and well-researched analysis…” – Edinburgh Evening News

  2. :

    “This book tells the full story behind the Beeching cuts.” – Your Family Tree

  3. :

    “…made informative and entertaining by the team at Spoken World and I am enriched for the experience.” 7/10 – The Cult Den

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