A very good turn out by members heard guest speaker Richard Crane from the Bedford to Bletchley Rail Users’ Association tell of the main lines and branch lines through and near Bedford beginning with the 16.5 mile line to Bletchley which opened in November 1846.
Richard detailed many of the branch line stations with photos, many showing steam engines on the lines. He pointed out that although the Midland, East and West Coast main lines were to thrive, the remaining rural railways suffered declining traffic after the second world war, in common with similar routes throughout the country. During discussions, John West pointed out that the Station Master at Shefford used to be a member of our club!
At the present, many lines have now been modernised and run fast trains for commuters. The sad state of our roads leading to hold ups and greater congestion every day may just be the catalist to drive more investment in railways.