Some of you may know a book called I tried to Run a Railway, by Gerard Fiennes. First published in 1967 and now republished, a birthday gift last week from my daughter. Fiennes joined the LNER in 1928 and ended up as a very senior manager in BR. He was effectively sacked for writing this book, in which he criticised the constant reorganisations which got in people’s way. (Familiar to anyone who ever worked in a university.) I found some of this to be nearly as incomprehensible as A Brief History of Time. But he does have lots to say about Beeching etc. A good, if bewildering read.