NPG D2727 in 360°
As chairman of the British Railways Board in the early 1960s, Richard Beeching was responsible for what became popularly known as the 'Beeching Axe'. This streamlined British Rail by making massive reductions in track, stations and staff. He is represented in a 'sculptoon', a cartoon in clay designed to be photographed for publication in the press.
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Richard Beeching, 1st Baron Beeching
by Geoffrey Davien
sculptoon, ceramic, 1964
Photographs © National Portrait Gallery, London