The 50th anniversary of the famous report by British Railways chairman Dr Richard Beeching which announced the closure of thousands of miles of loss making branch lines and cross-country routes has seen many books appear highlighting the public opposition and the mistakes that were made. This one, however, documents the way back for railway lines that were earmarked for closure by the axeman, who has been described as Britain ’s most hated civil servant of all time. Had the recommendations in Beeching’s report The Reshaping of British Railways been followed to the letter, the UK ’s national railway network would have been more drastically reduced. However, many lines were saved or reopened, by a combination of public and political pressure, by local authorities wanting to reduce traffic congestion, or by ordinary people who were not prepared to stand by and watch it happen. Beating Beeching looks at the wide spectrum of ways in which railway lines closed before, during and after the Beeching era have been given a new lease of life.