Saturday, March 10, 2018

Saturday Film Club: The Railway Today

I can't get enough of Pathe News telling us about the railway modernisation plan. It all looked so exciting. There was investment and modern technology. The future looked good.

Sadly, much of this didn't pan out. Those marshalling yards weren't needed after all because putting goods in steel containers and shunting them by crane is more efficient.

Worse, passengers deserted the tracks for ever more practical motor cars. It all sort of fell apart. 

One survivor from the film is Oxford Road Station in Manchester. There's an excellent article on it on The Beauty of Transport blog.

1 comment:

James Finister said...

There is rather a nice wooden architects model of the station in the Manchester Science museum