updated : 2020/06/18
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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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updated : 2020/05/12
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Caledonian Sleeper

Caledonian Sleeper

Sleeper services between London and Scotland are operated under the Caledonian Sleeper banner by Serco, with GBRf supplying locomotives. Class 92s are now the normal power south of Glasgow and Edinburgh, with Class 73/9s working between Edinburgh and Aberdeen, Inverness and Fort William. New MkV coaches were introduced in 2019 replacing the MkII and MkIII stock seen in most of these pictures.
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updated : 2020/04/27
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Chiltern Railways

Chiltern Railways

Chiltern railways operates passenger services from London's Marylebone terminus to the north-west suburbs and beyond. The line had been a bit of a backwater in BR days but Chiltern successfully improved and extended the service to the West Midlands, bringing competition to the London - Birmingham market. Services are mainly provided by DMUs, some of them unique to Chiltern, but loco haulage has returned on some trains in recent years.
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updated : 2020/06/12
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Colas Rail

Colas Rail

Colas Rail is a French owned infrastructure maintenance company that has branched out into freight operations. The company has a mixed fleet of diesel locomotives including 5 class 66 and 17 class 70 that handle the majority of traffic between them. Many of the trains operated by Colas are departmental workings and test trains for Network Rail but they also handle commercial freight across the network.
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updated : 2020/05/22
24 photos
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 as well as a few HSTs. 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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updated : 2020/06/12
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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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updated : 2020/05/12
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DRS

DRS

Direct Rail Services was formed by BNFL to move nuclear flasks between power stations and the Sellafield reprocessing plant in Cumbria. It has since diversified into other freight markets and also hires locomotives and coaching stock to TOCs. DRS has a rather eclectic fleet with ex BR classes rubbing shoulders with the latest Class 68 diesels and Class 88 electro-diesels, and, inevitably, class 66s.
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updated : 2020/05/12
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East Midlands Trains

East Midlands Trains

East Midlands Trains operated the Midland Main Line, local services in the East Midlands and longer distance trains linking the East Midlands to surrounding regions. The franchise changed hands in August 2019, becoming East Midlands Railway. Most trains are booked for DMUs of various types with MML services worked by Class 222s and HSTs.
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updated : 2020/05/26
108 photos
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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updated : 2020/06/12
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Freightliner

Freightliner

BR's intermodal activities were privatised in 1996 and retained the Freightliner name. The company has since expanded to become the UK's second largest freight operator. The loco fleet consists largely of class 66 diesels but there are also locos of classes 70, 86 and 90. In 2015 Freightliner was bought by US regional operator Genesee & Wyoming and a few locos have recently received G&W's orange livery.
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updated : 2020/06/15
48 photos
GB Railfreight

GB Railfreight

GB Railfreight is one of the new freight companies that have emerged since privatisation and currently operates a fleet of well over 100 locomotives from a variety of classes. Class 66 diesels predominate but locos of classes 60, 73 and 92 are also active and a small number of older diesels can also be found in use. GBRf operates a wide range of traffic all over the network, from departmental and aggregates workings to container trains and the Caledonian Sleeper.
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updated : 2020/05/26
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Great Western

Great Western

Great Western Trains was one of the first privatised passenger franchises, created in 1996 to operate former WR InterCity services. It has since expanded to include many local services as well, including suburban services from Paddington and the Cardiff - Portsmouth route. Known for a while as First Great Western it has now adopted the name Great Western Railway with a matching green livery. GW has recently replaced most of its HSTs with new IET units.
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updated : 2020/04/27
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Greater Anglia

Greater Anglia

The Greater Anglia franchise operates passenger services in East Anglia and on the former Great Eastern suburban network radiating out of London's Liverpool St terminus. The vast majority of services are operated by EMUs, of which GA has a fair variety of different classes. Norwich - London services were worked by Class 90 electrics until early 2020 and some trains between Norwich and Great Yarmouth or Lowestoft ran with DRS class 37 diesels until late 2019.
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updated : 2020/04/27
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LNWR & West Midlands Rly

LNWR & West Midlands Rly

The West Midlands franchise is operated under two different banners; West Midlands Railway, primarily for local services around Birmingham, and London North Western Railway, primarily for longer distance services using the WCML from London to the West Midlands and north as far as Liverpool. The operator has a large fleet of DMUs and EMUs with most of the EMUs on LNWR services and most of the DMUs with WMR.
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updated : 2020/05/26
55 photos
Mendip Rail

Mendip Rail

The rail operations of Foster Yeoman and Hanson (formerly ARC) were combined as Mendip Rail in 1993. The fleet consisted of 8 class 59 locomotives used to haul stone trains from Merehead and Whatley quarries to various destinations in southern England. EWS and then DB operated the trains after privatisation, using the 59s alongside their own locos, but the contract went to Freightliner in November 2019 together with the Mendip Rail Class 59s, which continue to be used as before.
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updated : 2020/06/15
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Network Rail

Network Rail

Network Rail own and control the UK rail network but don't generally run trains. A significant exception to this are test trains, used to monitor the state of the track and identify potential defects before they become real problems. Some trains are powered by locomotives owned by freight operators, such as Colas or GBRf but Network Rail has a small fleet of locomotives, converted HSTs and DMUs.
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updated : 2020/05/12
87 photos
ScotRail

ScotRail

ScotRail operates all passenger services that run entirely within Scotland plus a few local cross border services to Carlisle and Newcastle. The operator has a large fleet of EMUs and DMUs, which operate most services, but has recently acquired a number of shortened HST sets from FGW and uses a couple of DRS Class 68s on peak hour workings between Edinburgh and Fife.
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updated : 2020/06/15
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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. The new franchisee from mid 2017, South Western Railway is also covered here. The franchise 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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updated : 2020/04/27
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Southern

Southern

Southern operates passenger services on the former Central division of the Southern Region, centred around the lines from London Bridge and Victoria to Brighton, including an extensive suburban network in South London and services to various South Coast destinations from Southampton in the west to Ore, near Hastings, in the east. The vast majority of services are operated by EMUs but Class 171 DMUs are used on a couple of unelectrified lines.
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updated : 2020/05/22
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TransPennine Express

TransPennine Express

TransPennine Express operates long distance passenger services across the Pennines linking towns and cities in Lancashire to Yorkshire and the Humber. It's trains also operate on the ECML north of York to Newcastle and Edinburgh and on the WCML north of Preston to Glasgow and Edinburgh. The TPE fleet has been quite varied with several classes of EMU and DMU and it now has IETs and Class 68 locos as well.
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updated : 2020/04/27
32 photos
Virgin Trains

Virgin Trains

Virgin Trains operated services on the West Coast route from 1997 until late 2019 and also had the Cross Country franchise between 1997 and 2007. Virgin Trains East Coast (VTEC) and its successor LNER will be covered in their own gallery.
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updated : 2020/06/12
37 photos
VTEC/LNER

VTEC/LNER

Virgin Trains took over the East Coast franchise in 2015, only to hand it over to the government owned LNER just over 3 years later. Most of the pictures here were taken north of Edinburgh, meaning Class 91s don't appear but there are plenty of HSTs, as well as the occasional IET.
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