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Do You Really Call That Progress, Mr Marples?

Posted on 09 Apr 2014
The Priest’s House Museum Trust and East Dorset Heritage Trust invite you to a talk on 'Do You Really Call That Progress, Mr Marples? – The Politics of Railway Closures in East Dorset' with Professor Colin Divall, Professor of Railway Studies, University of York, on Friday 2 May, 7.30pm in the Hilda Coles Open Learning Centre. Dr Richard Beeching is widely believed to have wantonly destroyed railways that were useful even if they did not make a profit. In May 1964 the Old Road through Wimborne and West Moors and the connecting railway via Verwood and Alderholt to Salisbury were among the first lines in the country to lose their passenger trains. Three decades later, a senior railway manager remarked that if the Old Road had survived it would now have at least an hourly service to and from London. But hindsight is a wonderful thing. How reasonable is it to blame the British Railways Board and the Ministry of Transport for closing two railways that do not appear to have been very well used? This talk looks at the contemporary evidence for and against closure. Tickets are available from the museum priced at £6, including refreshments (booking is essential). For further information or to book a place please contact the museum.