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This Is York
The Stationmaster at York guides us through a typical day, from dawn to dusk.
This is York was conceived as an idea following the publication of an article written by the well-known railway correspondent O S Nock, which appeared in The Railway Magazine in 1949 entitled Twenty Four Hours at York. Historical York, industrial York and the surrounding countryside are the backdrop; but the main setting is York station where we spend the hours from dawn to dusk on an autumn day. Our guide is the Stationmaster, who shows us something of the planning, hard work and human interest behind the scenes at a key point in the British railway system.
Ten years before Dr Beeching and This is York already touches on the rationalisation of railways and the closure of some branch lines in favour of the more personal service, provided by the railway van!
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