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Your History

The distinguished broadcaster and historian talks to us about the loss of the railways, the bravery of a World War II nurse and the Duke of Wellington’s failings

Peter Snow

Q If you could turn back the clock, which single event in history would you want to change?

I would like Dr Beeching to have increased rather than cut back Britain’s railways in 1963. He scrapped no less than half of the railway stations and 5,000 miles of tracks in his landmark reshaping of our trains. We are now regretting the impact this had on rail transport and, today the pressure on our roads is turning more people to rail travel. Besides, I am an obsessive lover of trains and railways!

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