Category: Beeching

  • Tinpot Railways special – Morecambe

    Hyde Park Now-Tinpot Railways special - Morecambe

    I wrote about the truncating of the terminus at Morecambe a couple of months back as part of my Tinpot Railways series. That was a great disappointment for me because at the time – which was 1994 when the change-over was done – I was surprised to find upon arriving at the town we were […]

  • Tinpot Railways: Terminal decline #3

    Hyde Park Now-Tinpot Railways: Terminal decline #3

    We continue with our investigations into what could be said to be the ‘public sphere’ or perhaps the British consciousness in terms of its railways. The grand modernisation schemes and rationalisations of the sixties and seventies were really nothing more than contrived schemes to give the motorist a better deal. And its how we ended […]

  • Tinpot Railways: Terminal decline #2

    Hyde Park Now-Tinpot Railways: Terminal decline #2

    This looks at further examples of British railway’s 4xD policy. That is Demote, Deconstruct, Dereliction and Destruction. I made that up but what it means is first a station was usually demoted. Services downgraded to the most basic. Then the track layout would be deconstructed, usually to a single platform at the far end of […]

  • Tinpot Railways: Terminal decline

    Hyde Park Now-Tinpot Railways: Terminal decline

    The good old British railway system! One of the fighter points for the UK’s successful tinpot railway system were its termini. Who needed grand stations with a judicious choice of platforms and stupendous station buildings when a bus stop thingy could do better? Better still – why not push the railway buffers further back and […]

  • Tinpot Railways: The double deck conundrum

    Hyde Park Now-Tinpot Railways: The double deck conundrum

    A few weeks back I had written most of a post – not yet quite finished called Britain’s Tinpot Railways – about the huge disbenefits of Britain’s railways and the backwards culture – it was one of two articles that critically examined the role of our railways in new and unthought of ways. It was […]