The thing that needs separating is the very real viewpoint of those that were there and witnessed the very hurried decline, and the folk who are merely sampling the era from the much less informative world of photos and films.
It's an interesting period of railway history if you can get over the trauma of loosing well loved locomotives. The two need separating.
The two trains of thought will never come together. It reminds of the movie 'Time Machine' where the hero goes forward in time and discovers the Eloy's have misinterpreted the past from available information. We are all the same species and so I firmly believe that if the folk were actually there they would feel exactly the same as us...... Why wouldnt they?
Edited by coachmann, 27 February 2012 - 18:54 .