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Re: PC: Handling Freight in Britain

The book on saving British Rail that I mentioned is Britain's Railway: The Only Transport for the Future by Colin Garratt. (London: Sunburst Books, 1993). The book was produced by Milepost 92 1/2, a business dedicated to preservation, publishing, images, and just generally assisting the railways. Their address is Milepost 92 1/2, Newton Harcourt, Leicestershire, LE8 OFH. (E-mail: michael -AT- milepost.demon.co.uk) The book was based on a multimedia show they put together in support of British Rail. There is some discussion of freight. It would be interesting to know what they think now -- since privatisation has happened.

Magazines: The Railway Magazine (IPC Publications)-- a good Trains sort of magazine; Modern Railways (Ian Allen Publishing) -- more like Railway Age, although more mainstream instead of just professional; finally, Traction: "Devoted to Classic Diesels & Electrics Past and Present"

These were the most interesting mags I picked up while in the UK. A shop handling international magazines may have some of them. If not, you may be able to find them on the web -- I'm not sure.

There were some good books on privatisation on the shelves while I was there. Unfortunately, I don't remember specific titles. As I was on vacation/holiday, I wasn't looking too carefully at the modern stuff -- I wish now I had. You might also check British newspapers if you can find indexes/holdings in a well-equipped library. There were some columns circulating on the aftermath of privatisation while I was there. This might be interesting reading.

I hope this is some help to you. I wish I could provide more information. If you have any other questions, or would just like to correspond about railways in Britain, feel free to E-mail me.

Christian Axsiom

At 09:35 AM 6/18/98 EDT, you wrote:
>I am looking for information, particularly suggested reading
>material, i.e., books, periodicals, newspaper articles,
>journals or white papers, regarding:
>-privitization of rail freight traffic handling in Britain
>-freight operations in Britain vis-a-vis passenger operations
>-recent acquisitions by the Wisconsin Central of freight
> lines in Britain
>-similar topics regarding rail freight operations in the U.K.
>Thanks in advance!
>Mike Scheuermann
>Conrail - Philadelphia

Christian Axsiom
Geography Department
Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs
Syracuse University
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Syracuse, NY 13244-1090
(315) 443-9294

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