On Thu, 9 Feb 2017 04:33:01 -0800 (PST), Offramp
Post by Offramp
Request stops seem like a good idea on some quiet lines. Is it a modern idea or did request stops exist pre-Beeching?
Long time before, in some places a line when opened in the 19th
century was not as busy as first anticipated and some stations had
trains that only stopped on request till the traffic built up such as
this one in Sussex
Jumping forward a few were opened in the thirties particularly on the
GWR where its pioneering adoption of diesel railcars made the
operation fairly straight forward. A few more came about when BR
introduced its four wheel railbuses but only saw a few years use
before the lines they were on closed.
Although the Beeching report was responsible for many closures in a
short period of time and is still in living memory for many it was
actually quite late in the scheme of things being announced in 1963,
Many lines started to lose passenger services in the 30's and 50's
but what differed from the Beeching era was they often stayed open for
goods till that went as a factory or quarry closed and the line
By 1963 when a line was put up for closure there was no goods
traffic left to speak of so many lines closed totally and more of the
public at large noticed the Railway down the road had disappeared and
had a moan while getting in their Ford Anglia.