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Date(s) - 9th December 2017
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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LORD FAULKNER IS UNABLE TO ATTEND SO HIS TALK WILL NOT TAKE PLACE.  As an alternative Richard Coulthurst anf Gerald Leach will show films from their collection, including the Talyllyn Railway and the Settle and Carlisle railway( from the air) as well as other short films films of historical interest.

  • Breaking News: We have just heard that an historic film about the cotton industry (with a focus on Manchester) is being shipped across the Pennines especially for us to show. This will be introduced by Adrian Bailey


We are very pleased to welcome Lord Faulkner of Worcester to address the NW Group.

Richard Faulkner is the co-author (along with Chris Austin) of ‘Holding the Line: How Britain’s Railways Were Saved’ and ‘Disconnected! Broken Links in Britain’s Rail Policy’. The premise of the former is that the past is vital to understanding today’s railway as the industry struggles to meet increasing demands, and that trimming at the margins remains a compelling argument for policy makers unaware of history. The second book looks at the contraction of the British railway network over a 50-year period and its subsequent development from the mid-1990s onwards. Lord Faulkner draws on many sources including cabinet papers, reports from whistleblowers and, again, lessons that may be learned from the past.

The speaker is both critical and complimentary, where he sees each to be appropriate, in this fascinating and thought provoking talk.

We are hoping that, whilst national policies and important events outside of the North of England need to be included, the talk will also include a more local focus – both during the talk itself and the questions from the floor which we look forward to.

Holding the Line: How Britain’s Railways Were Saved

Disconnected! Broken Links in Britain’s Rail Policy


Please contact Roger Brice (tel: 01625 533959, 07702 303242; email: roger.brice1945@gmail.com) for further information.