Oh my dear Reader, if there is one thing other than a badly-added column of numbers that makes me angry, it is the name of Dr Beeching. A name that deserves to go down with Borgia, Blackbeard and Boadicea as a bringer of destruction - although Eileen tells me the latter is spelled "Boudicca", and that she is "one of the good guys". Although I still maintain that her destruction factor was on the high side. But not as much as Dr Beeching, who did more damage to the countryside than anyone before Tesco.
|Not on the Marston Vale Line, as this is a real train.|
Today is the 50th anniversary of the Beeching Report - a paper which will go down in infamy as a triumph of short-sighted cost-saving over romance, the environment and - ultimately - a decent transport system. For who, when all is said and done, would want to be sat in a car in a jam outside Bedford on the A421, when one could be reading a vintage Bradshaw in the comfort of a carriage on the Varsity Line? Note that not all of these stations are closed - but the ones that are left, are but remnants of the wonder that was the British railway network.
Dress Code: Anoraks, Thermos flasks, notebooks and balaclavas.
Archchdruid: Cambridge; Lord's Bridge; Toft and Kingston; Old North Road; Gamlingay; Potton.
All: Sandy; Girtford Halt; Blunham; Willington; Bedford St Johns; Bedford Midland.
Archdruid: Kempston and Elstow Halt; Kempston Hardwick; Wootton Broadmead Halt; Stewartby.
All: Millbrook; Lidlington; Ridgmont; Husborne Crawley.
Archdruid: Aspley Guise; Woburn Sands;Bow Brickhill; Fenny Stratford; Bletchley.
All: Swanbourne; Winslow; Verney Junction; Claydon; Grendon Underwood Junction.
Archdruid: Marsh Gibbon and Poundon; Launton; Yarnton; Wolvercote Junction.
All: Wolvercot Platform; Oxford North; Oxford.
Young Keith: Mornington Crescent?
All may throw British Rail sandwiches at Young Keith.