ONE of the most turbulent eras in the history of Britain’s rail industry is the subject of a new exhibition and film at the National Railway Museum in York.

The Beeching Report, published 50 years ago this year, resulted in the closure of more than 4,000 miles of branch lines in a huge cost-saving measure.

The display will explore the social impact of the Beeching Report and what drove Beeching’s decisions.

Ellen Tait, interpretation developer at the museum, said: “This film forms part of the museum’s wider commemoration of the Beeching report and explores the impact that these cuts had on society.”

Beeching 50 Years On runs from today until June 16.