Speedlink freight operations

The 1960s are usually best remembered for Beeching’s railway closures but this period also saw a number of innovations, not least the rapid Speedlink freights with their distinctive long-wheelbase wagons, as EVAN GREEN-HUGHES remembers.

Railways in the 1960s were very different from those of today. Although passenger traffic was very important, the bulk of the revenue came from freight, with a great deal of the country’s needs being conveyed by rail. Almost every town and village had its goods yard and hundreds of pick-up goods trains across the network served each of these every day.

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