"the railways were utterly worn out after WW2 and needed massive replacement of equipment."
Which the the owners were unwilling or unable to do, so the public purse picked up the bill.
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that the UK weather forecast was technically an official secret and the ordnance survey maps had blank spaces on them where the military bases were - even the ones with public roads running along side them.
We Brits take our secrecy very seriously - especially when its in full public view.