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Originally published in 1986, this is a business history of the first twenty-five years of nationalised railways in Britain. Commissioned by the British Railways Board and based on the Board's extensive archives, it fully analyses the dynamics of nationalised industry management and the complexities of the vital relationship with government. After exploring the origins of nationalisation, the book deals with the organisation, financial performance, investment and commercial policies of the British Transport Commission (1948–2), Railway Executive (1948–53) and British Railways Board (1963–73). Calculations of profit and loss, investment, and productivity are provided on a consistent basis for 1948–73. This business history thus represents a major contribution not only to the debate about the role of the railways in a modern economy but also to that concerning the nationalised industries, which have proved to be one of the most enduring problems of the British economy since the war.
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- Date Published: April 2011
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521188838
- length: 844 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 47 mm
- weight: 1.22kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
List of illustrations
List of charts, figures and maps
List of tables
List of abbreviations
1. Introduction: nationalisation
Part I. the British Transport Commission and the Railway Executive, 1948–53:
4. Revenue costs and labour relations
Part II. The British Transport Commission 1953–62:
5. The new railway organisation
6. Deficits, markets and closures
7. Wages, unions and productivity
8. The Modernisation Plan and investment
Part III. The British Railways board, 1963–73:
9. The 'Beeching Revolution': organisation and reorganisation
10. Financial performance and rationalisation
11. Markets, pricing and commercial strategy
12. Investment, labour relations and productivity
Part IV. Statistical Appendices
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