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British Railways 1948-73 : A Business History - T. R. Gourvish

British Railways 1948-73

A Business History

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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 breaks new ground in analysing fully the dynamics of nationalised industry management and, in particular, 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). The special problems of the railway industry, unique in its complexity, are fully explored, and new 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 modem 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.

List of illustrations
List of charts, figures and maps
List of tables
Foreword
Preface
List of abbreviations
Chronology
Introduction: nationalisation
the British Transport Commission and the Railway Executive, 1948-53
Organisation
Investment
Revenue costs and labour relations
The British Transport Commission 1953-62
The new railway organisation
Deficits, markets and closures
Wages, unions and productivity
The Modernisation Plan and investment
The British Railways board, 1963-73
The 'Beeching Revolution': organisation and reorganisation
Financial performance and rationalisation
Markets, pricing and commercial strategy
Investment, labour relations and productivity
Conclusion
Statistical Appendices
Notes
Select bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521264808
ISBN-10: 0521264804
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 844
Published: 30th January 1987
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.91 x 15.19  x 5.08
Weight (kg): 1.4