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Wednesday, September 28, 2011
melvyn, melvyn ...
So how did Melvyn Bragg's little railway programme go?
Much as expected. Lashings of patronising nostalgia, Pete Waterman, missing the point and some excellent archive film.
And two big mistakes, one of fact and one of opportunity.
Sheringham station was NOT closed by Beeching. Sheringham station remains part of the network on a branch from Norwich. True the NNR have acquired the original Sheringham station, but ownership was transferred by BR. The station was not closed!
And the piece where he interviewed the campaigner who fought for the Waverley route ... why didn't Melvyn make the point that the protestors were RIGHT, and that this essential Borders rail link is now being rebuilt, even if (for now) only as far as Tweedbank, which is almost Hawick where the film was shot?
Nostalgia ... your crimes are legion!