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Jan 14 1965 Llanfyllin to Oswestry Branch Line

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Jan 14 1965 Llanfyllin to Oswestry Branch Line

One of the last journeys on the Llanfyllin Branch Line which, like the Oswestry and Newtown Railway, was cut by Beeching in 1965, both having been in use for just over a century.

Amateur film 1965 18 mins

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Overview

The engines, stations, route, passengers and helpful guards on the Llanfyllin to Oswestry line are recorded on one of the last journeys undertaken before the Beeching axe fell and the line was closed. The stations (not seen on screen in line order) are Llanfyllin, Bryngwyn Halt, Llanfechain, Llansantffraid, Carrechofa Halt, Llanymynech, Llynclys and Oswestry (with an engine on a turntable).

Dr Richard Beeching, a physicist and technical director of ICI, became the first chair of the British Railways Board in 1961, a position offered to him by Ernest Marples, Conservative Minister for Transport (and a large share-holder in a road construction company). After a two-year investigation of the economically struggling rail network, Beeching advocated closure of many rural and industrial lines and indeed many such lines were axed and rural communities cut off.