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Great use of old and new photographs

Postby Lucas1860 » Thu Dec 13, 2012 8:28 pm

Nice subject, the demise of a proper national rail network was and still is a sham.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article ... outes.html
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Re: Great use of old and new photographs

Postby Aceyone » Sat Dec 15, 2012 1:07 pm

That's interesting stuff !
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Re: Great use of old and new photographs

Postby Dan4th » Sat Dec 15, 2012 2:01 pm

At least you still HAVE a national
railroad network....

Except for freight transport, we
only have AMTRACK, which is
good but nothing near like
what we used to have....

My Dad and I rode the last train
south out of Bangor in 1959 or
so, then rented a car to get home.

They had to put on extra coaches
which were all jammed, with some
people standing the whole way!

He was very sad about it, but I
was still too young to really see
the true scale of the loss...

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Re: Great use of old and new photographs

Postby Aceyone » Sat Dec 15, 2012 4:07 pm

" Don't know what you've got till it's gone " springs to mind Dan ! We too, lost a lot of lines back in the fifties courtesy of Mr Beeching and the sad thing is that it was all the interesting little branch lies that went !of course they didn't make money but does a thing have to be profitable to be worthwhile ? As an ex British Rail Train Driver I witnessed first hand the shocking financial mismanagement of the then nationalised system ,when we were privatised it became a sleeker, better run Railway but it was then run for shareholders not for the general travelling public. With better management it could have stayed a publicly owned company that existed to serve people and not profiteers ,sadly that will never happen now !
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Re: Great use of old and new photographs

Postby Dan4th » Sun Dec 16, 2012 8:16 pm

The thing is, though, a privately held
company has to go where the demand
exists, but in many cases they will wait
for a particular line to develop ridership....

Right now here in Bangor, there are
forces which want to return rail service,
but the company which owns the tracks
is ONLY concerned with freight activities.
They actively oppose any efforts to have
passenger service brought back X(

We shall see, but I think the whole fuel
price situation will make the return of
passenger rail inevitable :)

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