The glorious days of the railway remembered

Ian Hislop goes off the rails is worth watching on BBC iPlayer. He looks at the impact of Beeching’s Axe, which hacked off a significant chunk of the British railways system.

The programme ended with that glorious Flanders and Swann song “The Slow Train” which is on YouTube below.

Sadly, despite its rich rhyming potential, F&S did not mention Bude, whose railway station was closed down and is now replaced with housing. I was on the last train out of Bude, alongside my grandfather, who saw the first train coming into Bude.


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