August 19, 2004

Modernisation Plan

In the 1950s, British Railways was losing money. Its managers managed to persuade the Government that in return for a large loan (or grant?) and some time, BR would be able to deliver a modernised railway capable of taking on competition from the automobile.

The plan was to invest heavily in diesel, marshalling yards and (I think) the electrification of the West Coast Main Line. Unfortunately, because of the rush and (according to Andy Wakeford) government pressure to spread the work around the country, many of the diesels were unreliable. The marshalling yards were catering for a market that (with the rise of road freight) had ceased to exist. The electrification of the West Coast main line, however, did go ahead without too many hitches.

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The British state has never been very good at interfering in the railways

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