The Beeching Report/Narrow Gauge Railways of Britiain and Ireland

Ref: C3675995

The Beeching Report of 1963 was a major landmark in British railway history. The course explores the background to the report, its effects on the railway network and attempts to evaluate its impact half a century later. The course also looks at narrow gauge railways in Britain from the Victorian age to the present and sets out to understand the reasons for their rise, heyday and subsequent history.

Course aim

The first part of the course looks at the Beeching Report of 1963 and its effects on the railway network in Britain. The second part looks at narrow gauge railways in Britain, considering their origins and subsequent development.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Understand and evaluate the impact of the Beeching Report on Britain's railway network.
  • Understand and evaluate the history of narrow gauge railways in Britain.
  • Gain an understanding of the influences which have affected the course of railway development in Britain over the last 150 years.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • Participants are encouraged to undertake research of their own and share it with other members of the course.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • The sessions aim to be based around tutor input and general discussion.

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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The Beeching Report/Narrow Gauge Railways of Britiain and Ireland

Enrolment Conditions

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  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
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  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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