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beech

a forest tree of the genus Fagus with glossy oval leaves, thin, smooth, greyish bark and fine-grained wood.
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But this time Dr Beeching was to fail in his mission ...
The main failures of the Beeching report, which today would have been rejected as flawed, was a lack of adequate cost and revenue data (based on one week's financial information in 1961) and a lack of financial and management vision.
It was on March 27, 1963 that the British Railways Board, chaired by Richard Beeching, produced a report that was to lead to a savage axing of train routes and stations.
On March 27, 1963, the British Railways Board, chaired by Richard Beeching, produced a report that was to lead to a savage axing of train routes and stations.
Tomorrow - Wednesday March 27 - marks the 50th anniversary of the publishing of the Beeching Report, which recommended the wholesale closure of thousands of miles of railways.
And in March 1953, when the Beeching Report appeared, there was plenty for railway workers - and passengers - to fear.
Dr Beeching was hired because his experience at ICI would enable him to oversee the transition to a more modern system.
Beeching was chairman of British Railways and completely changed the face of the country's railway system in the 1960s.
Dr Beeching had reached a high position of authority on the board of Imperial Chemical Industries before consulting for the government.
Others suggest that if only the Government had waited until the introduction of modern signalling and unmanned stations, then the huge reduction in operating costs would surely have merited the retention of many of the services Beeching axed.