The Dr appeared among us in a memorable year, which had begun with one of the worst winters the country had known. Kim Philby, the Soviet spy, defected to Moscow, acquiring in the process the undeserved status of a romantic hero. Another Dr, Richard Beeching, hacked the railway system, closing 2,000 stations and thousands of lines of track. The Great Train Robbery took place, netting the criminals over 2 million pre-decimal pounds. It turned into a decades-long media business, inspiring films, tv programmes, books, music and millions of column inches (and now centimetres) of news. Beeching didn’t.
Source: The Fortnightly Review.