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British Rail

British Rail

From nationalisation in 1948 to the completion of privatisation in 1997, the UK's main line railways were operated by British Railways, known from the late '60s as British Rail. This gallery includes pictures from the BR era and locos in BR liveries after privatisation.
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CrossCountry

CrossCountry

The imaginatively named CrossCountry took over the Cross Country franchise from Virgin in late 2007 and inherited most of Virgin's fleet of Class 220 and 221 Voyager DMUs. CrossCountry is an Arriva subsidiary, hence owned by DB, and operates trains on a variety of routes linking major towns and cities via Birmingham. Class 170 DMUs are used on some shorter routes.
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DB Cargo

DB Cargo

EWS, the UKs largest freight operator by a considerable margin, was taken over by Deutsche Bahn in late 2007. Just over a year later, EWS and DB's other European freight operations were rebranded as DB Schenker Rail. In early 2016 DBS was renamed DB Cargo. Relatively few ex EWS locos have been repainted into the red DB livery so far.
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First Group

First Group

First Group started life as a bus company but became involved in rail operations at privatisation in the late 1990s. It has held several passenger franchises over the years, the most prominent of which has been First Great Western. It probably holds the record for the number of livery variations seen over the years.
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EWS

EWS

US regional railroad Wisconsin Central took over 5 of the 6 freight companies formed when BR was privatised and merged them to form the English, Welsh and Scottish Railway in 1996. EWS was the UK's largest freight operator and was sold to DB in 2007 by Canadian National which had taken over Wisconsin Central.
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Freightliner

Freightliner

BR's intermodal freight activities were privatised in 1996 and retained the Freightliner name. The company has since expanded into other parts of the freight market under the Freightliner Heavy Haul banner. It's now the second largest rail freight operator in the UK.
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Mendip Rail

Mendip Rail

The rail operations of Foster Yeoman and Hanson (formerly ARC) were combined to form Mendip Rail in 1993. The Mendip Rail main line fleet consists of 8 class 59 locomotives used to haul stone trains from Merehead and Whatley quarries to various destinations in southern England
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South West Trains

South West Trains

South West Trains took over the operation of passenger services between London, Portsmouth, Southampton, Weymouth, Salisbury and Exeter, as well as the suburban network in south west London and neighbouring parts of the Home Counties, in February 1996. It operates a large fleet of 750V 3rd rail EMUs but also uses some DMUs, principally on the London - Salisbury - Exeter and Salisbury - Southampton routes.
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Virgin Trains

Virgin Trains

Virgin Trains operate services on the West Coast route and also had the Cross Country franchise from 1997 to 2007. This gallery currently covers Cross Country services in the Thames Valley.
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