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British Railways (BR), which from 1965 traded as British Rail, was the state-owned company that operated most of the rail transport in Great Britain between 1948 and 1997. [1]

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Abellio ScotRail

Abellio ScotRail, (Rèile na h-Alba), operating services under the name ScotRail, is the national train operating company of Scotland.

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Aberdare

Aberdare (Aberdâr) is a town in the Cynon Valley area of Rhondda Cynon Taf, Wales, at the confluence of the Rivers Dare (Dâr) and Cynon.

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Aberdeen railway station

Aberdeen railway station is the only railway station in Aberdeen, Scotland.

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Achievement (heraldry)

An achievement, armorial achievement or heraldic achievement (historical: hatchment) in heraldry is a full display or depiction of all the heraldic components to which the bearer of a coat of arms is entitled.

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Airdrie–Bathgate rail link

The Airdrie–Bathgate rail link is a completed railway project in central Scotland.

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Anglia Railways

Anglia Railways was a train operating company in England owned by GB Railways and later FirstGroup, that operated the Anglia franchise from January 1997 until March 2004.

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Arriva Trains Merseyside

Arriva Trains Merseyside was a train operating company in England owned by Arriva that operated the Merseyrail Electrics franchise from January 1997 until July 2003.

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Arriva Trains Northern

Arriva Trains Northern was a train operating company in England owned by Arriva that operated the Regional Railways North East franchise from March 1997 until December 2004.

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Arriva Trains Wales

Arriva Trains Wales (Trenau Arriva Cymru) (ATW) is a British train operating company owned by Arriva UK Trains that operates the Wales & Borders franchise.

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Art Deco

Art Deco, sometimes referred to as Deco, is a style of visual arts, architecture and design that first appeared in France just before World War I. Art Deco influenced the design of buildings, furniture, jewelry, fashion, cars, movie theatres, trains, ocean liners, and everyday objects such as radios and vacuum cleaners.

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Associated Society of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen

The Associated Society of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen (ASLEF) is a British trade union representing train drivers.

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Aylesbury Vale Parkway railway station

Aylesbury Vale Parkway railway station is a railway station serving villages northwest of Aylesbury, England.

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Barbed wire

Barbed wire, also known as barb wire, less often as bob wire or, in the southeastern United States, bobbed wire, is a type of steel fencing wire constructed with sharp edges or points arranged at intervals along the strand(s).

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Beeching cuts

The Beeching cuts (also Beeching Axe) were a reduction of route network and restructuring of the railways in Great Britain, according to a plan outlined in two reports, The Reshaping of British Railways (1963) and The Development of the Major Railway Trunk Routes (1965), written by Dr Richard Beeching and published by the British Railways Board.

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Bicester Military Railway

The Bicester Military Railway (BMR) is a railway in Oxfordshire, England belonging to the Ministry of Defence.

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Big Four (British railway companies)

The Big Four was a name used to describe the four largest railway companies in the United Kingdom in the period 1923–47.

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Birmingham

Birmingham is a city and metropolitan borough in the West Midlands, England, with an estimated population of 1,101,360, making it the second most populous city of England and the United Kingdom.

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Blair ministry

Tony Blair originally formed the Blair ministry in May 1997 after being invited by Queen Elizabeth II to form a new government following the resignation of the previous Prime Minister, John Major of the Conservative Party, as a result of the Labour Party's landslide victory at the 1997 general election.

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Borders Railway

The Borders Railway connects the city of Edinburgh with Galashiels and Tweedbank in the Scottish Borders.

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Boulogne-sur-Mer

Boulogne-sur-Mer, often called Boulogne (Latin: Gesoriacum or Bononia, Boulonne-su-Mér, Bonen), is a coastal city in Northern France.

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BRB (Residuary) Limited

BRB (Residuary) Limited BRB (Residuary) Limited (BRBR) was the successor to the British Railways Board.

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Brian Robertson, 1st Baron Robertson of Oakridge

General Brian Hubert Robertson, 1st Baron Robertson of Oakridge, (22 July 1896 – 29 April 1974) was a senior British Army officer during the Second World War, who played an important role in the East African, North African and Italian Campaigns.

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Brierley Hill

Brierley Hill is a small town and electoral ward of the Dudley Metropolitan Borough, in the West Midlands of England, and is situated approximately 2.5 miles south of central Dudley and 2 miles north of Stourbridge.

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British carriage and wagon numbering and classification

A number of different numbering and classification schemes have been used for carriages and wagons on Britain's railways, and this page explains the principal systems.

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British Rail brand names

British Rail was the brand image of the nationalised railway owner and operator in Great Britain, the British Railways Board, used from 1965 until its breakup and sell-off from 1993 onwards.

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British Rail Class 40

The British Rail Class 40 is a type of British railway diesel locomotive.

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British Rail Class 99

The British Rail Class 99 was a fleet of ferries or train ferries, most of which were owned by Sealink, that carried rail vehicles between Britain and mainland Europe.

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British Rail Corporate Identity Manual

The British Rail Corporate Identity Manual is a corporate identity guide created in 1965 by British Rail.

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British Rail corporate liveries

The history of British Rail's corporate liveries is quite complex.

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British Rail Engineering Limited

British Rail Engineering Limited (BREL), incorporated on 31 October 1969, was the railway systems engineering subsidiary of British Rail until the design and building of trains in the UK was privatised in 1989.

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British Rail flying saucer

The British Rail flying saucer, officially known simply as space vehicle, was a proposed spacecraft designed by Charles Osmond Frederick.

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British Rail locomotive and multiple unit numbering and classification

A number of different numbering and classification schemes were used for locomotives and multiple units operated by British Railways (BR), and this page explains the principal systems.

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British Rail Research Division

The British Rail Research Division came into being in 1964 directly under the control of the British Railways Board, moving into purpose-built premises at the Railway Technical Centre in Derby.

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British Rail sandwich

In British humour, the phrase British Rail sandwich refers to sandwiches sold for consumption on passenger trains of the former British Rail (BR).

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British Rail Telecommunications

British Rail Telecommunications was created in 1992 by British Rail (BR).

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British Railways Board

The British Railways Board (BRB) was a nationalised industry in the United Kingdom that operated from 1963 to 2001.

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British Transport Commission

The British Transport Commission (BTC) was created by Clement Attlee's post-war Labour government as a part of its nationalisation programme, to oversee railways, canals and road freight transport in Great Britain (Northern Ireland had the separate Ulster Transport Authority).

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British Transport Hotels

British Transport Hotels (BTH) was the hotels and catering business of the nationalised railway system in Great Britain.

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British Transport Police

The British Transport Police (BTP) is a national special police force that polices railways and light-rail systems in England, Scotland and Wales, for which it has entered into an agreement to provide such services.

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C2c

Trenitalia c2c Limited, Trenitalia c2c Limited formerly NXET Trains Limited trading as c2c, is an English train operating company owned by Trenitalia that operates the Essex Thameside railway franchise.

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Calais

Calais (Calés; Kales) is a city and major ferry port in northern France in the department of Pas-de-Calais, of which it is a sub-prefecture.

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Cardiff Central railway station

Cardiff Central railway station (Caerdydd Canolog) is a major railway station on the South Wales Main Line in Cardiff, United Kingdom and one of two hubs of the city's urban rail network.

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Cargo

In economics, cargo or freight are goods or produce being conveyed – generally for commercial gain – by water, air or land.

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Cecil Thomas (sculptor)

Cecil Walter Thomas, FRBS, (3 March 1885 – 16 September 1976) was a British sculptor and medallist.

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Central Trains

Central Trains was a train operating company in the United Kingdom owned by National Express that operated a variety of local and inter-regional trains from March 1997 until November 2007.

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Chandler's Ford railway station

Chandler's Ford railway station serves the Chandler's Ford area of Eastleigh in Hampshire, England.

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Charles Franklyn

Charles Aubrey Hamilton Franklyn (25 August 1896 &ndash) was a British medical doctor, and scholar of genealogy, heraldry, and academic dress.

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Chester and Connah's Quay Railway

The Chester & Connah's Quay Railway ran from Chester Northgate in Chester, Cheshire, England to Shotton, Flintshire, Wales.

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Christmas

Christmas is an annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ,Martindale, Cyril Charles.

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Christmas and holiday season

The Christmas season, also called the festive season, or the holiday season (mainly in the U.S. and Canada; often simply called the holidays),, is an annually recurring period recognized in many Western and Western-influenced countries that is generally considered to run from late November to early January.

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Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve is the evening or entire day before Christmas Day, the festival commemorating the birth of Jesus.

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Christmas traditions

Christmas traditions vary from country to country.

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Classification yard

A classification yard (American and Canadian English) or marshalling yard (British, Hong Kong, Indian, Australian and Canadian English) is a railway yard found at some freight train stations, used to separate railway cars onto one of several tracks.

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Clement Attlee

Clement Richard Attlee, 1st Earl Attlee, (3 January 1883 – 8 October 1967) was a British statesman of the Labour Party who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1945 to 1951 and Leader of the Labour Party from 1935 to 1955.

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College of Arms

The College of Arms, sometimes referred to as the College of Heralds, is a royal corporation consisting of professional officers of arms, with jurisdiction over England, Wales, Northern Ireland and some Commonwealth realms.

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Connex South Central

Connex South Central was a train operating company in the United Kingdom owned by Connex that operated the Network SouthCentral franchise from May 1996 until August 2001.

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Connex South Eastern

Connex South Eastern was a train operating company in the United Kingdom owned by Connex that operated the South Eastern franchise from October 1996 until November 2003.

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Conservatism

Conservatism is a political and social philosophy promoting traditional social institutions in the context of culture and civilization.

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Corby railway station

Corby railway station, owned by Network Rail and managed by East Midlands Trains (EMT), is in Corby, Northamptonshire, England.

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CrossCountry

CrossCountry (legal name XC Trains Limited) is a train operating company in the United Kingdom owned by Arriva UK Trains, operating the New Cross Country franchise.

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Crown (heraldry)

A crown is often an emblem of a sovereign state, a monarch's government, or items endorsed by it (see The Crown).

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DB Cargo UK

DB Cargo UK, formerly DB Schenker Rail UK and English, Welsh & Scottish Railway (EWS), is a British rail freight company headquartered in Doncaster, England.

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Design history

Design history is the study of objects of design in their historical and stylistic contexts.

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Design Research Unit

The Design Research Unit (DRU) was one of the first generation of British design consultancies combining expertise in architecture, graphics and industrial design.

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Dieselisation

Dieselisation or dieselization is a term generally used for the increasingly common use of diesel fuel in vehicles, or known to be said "Rise of diesel power" as opposed to gasoline or steam engines.

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Double-track railway

A double-track railway usually involves running one track in each direction, compared to a single-track railway where trains in both directions share the same track.

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Dover

Dover is a town and major ferry port in the home county of Kent, in South East England.

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East Coast (train operating company)

East Coast, the trading name of the East Coast Main Line Company, was a British train operating company running the InterCity East Coast franchise on the East Coast Main Line between London, Yorkshire, North East England, and Scotland.

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East Coast Main Line

The East Coast Main Line (ECML) is a major railway link between London and Edinburgh via Peterborough, Doncaster, York, Darlington, Durham and Newcastle; it is presently electrified along the whole route.

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East Midlands Trains

East Midlands Trains (EMT) is a British train operating company owned by Stagecoach Group.

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Eastern Region of British Railways

The Eastern Region was a region of British Railways from 1948, whose operating area could be identified from the dark blue signs and colour schemes that adorned its station and other railway buildings.

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Ebbw Vale Parkway railway station

Ebbw Vale Parkway railway station (Gorsaf reilffordd Parcffordd Glyn Ebwy) is a station on the Ebbw Valley Railway in Wales.

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Ebbw Valley Railway

The Ebbw Valley Railway (Rheilffordd Cwm Ebwy) is a branch line of the Great Western Main Line in South Wales.

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Elizabeth II

Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary; born 21 April 1926) is Queen of the United Kingdom and the other Commonwealth realms.

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England

England is a country that is part of the United Kingdom.

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European System of Accounts

The European System of Accounts (ESA) is the system of national accounts and regional accounts used by members of the European Union.

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First Capital Connect

First Capital Connect (FCC) was a British train operating company, owned by FirstGroup, that operated the Thameslink Great Northern franchise from April 2006 to September 2014.

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First Great Eastern

First Great Eastern was a train operating company in England owned by FirstGroup, that operated the Great Eastern franchise from January 1997 until March 2004.

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First North Western

First North Western was a train operating company in England owned by FirstGroup, that operated the North West Regional Railways franchise from March 1997 until December 2004.

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First ScotRail

First ScotRail was a train operating company in Scotland owned by FirstGroup which operated the ScotRail franchise from October 2004 until March 2015.

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First TransPennine Express

First TransPennine Express was a British train operating company jointly owned by FirstGroup and Keolis which operated the TransPennine Express franchise.

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Forth Bridge

The Forth Bridge is a cantilever railway bridge across the Firth of Forth in the east of Scotland, west of Edinburgh City Centre.

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France

France, officially the French Republic (République française), is a sovereign state whose territory consists of metropolitan France in Western Europe, as well as several overseas regions and territories.

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Franchising

Franchising is based on a marketing concept which can be adopted by an organisation as a strategy for business expansion.

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Freight transport

Freight transport is the physical process of transporting commodities and merchandise goods and cargo.

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Freightliner Group

Freightliner Group is a rail freight and logistics company, formed in the United Kingdom in 1995, and now having expanded into Australia, The Netherlands and Poland.

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Gatwick Express

Gatwick Express is a high-frequency rail passenger service between London Victoria, Gatwick Airport, and Brighton in South East England.

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Generic trademark

A generic trademark, also known as a genericized trademark or proprietary eponym, is a trademark or brand name that, due to its popularity or significance, has become the generic name for, or synonymous with, a general class of product or service, usually against the intentions of the trademark's holder.

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Gerry Fiennes

Gerry Fiennes (full name: Gerard Francis Gisborne Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes OBE, MA) (7 June 1906 – 25 May 1985) was a British railway manager who rose through the ranks of the London and North Eastern Railway and later British Rail following graduation from Oxford University.

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Glenfinnan Viaduct

The Glenfinnan Viaduct is a railway viaduct on the West Highland Line in Glenfinnan, Inverness-shire, Scotland.

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Global Crossing

Global Crossing was a telecommunications company that provided computer networking services and operated a tier 1 carrier.

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Government of the United Kingdom

The Government of the United Kingdom, formally referred to as Her Majesty's Government, is the central government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

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Govia Thameslink Railway

Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) is a train operating company that operates the Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern (TSGN) rail franchise in England.

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Great Central Railway

The Great Central Railway (GCR) in England came into being when the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway changed its name in 1897 in anticipation of the opening in 1899 of its London Extension (see Great Central Main Line).

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Great Eastern Main Line

The Great Eastern Main Line (GEML, sometimes referred to as the East Anglia Main Line) is a major railway line on the British railway system which connects Liverpool Street station in central London with destinations in east London and the East of England, including,,,, and.

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Great North Eastern Railway

Great North Eastern Railway, often referred to as GNER, was a train operating company in the United Kingdom owned by Sea Containers that operated the InterCity East Coast franchise from April 1996 until December 2007, when Sea Containers was stripped of the franchise due to poor financial management.

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Great Western main line

The Great Western main line is a main line railway in England, that runs westwards from London Paddington to.

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Great Western Railway

The Great Western Railway (GWR) was a British railway company that linked London with the south-west and west of England, the Midlands, and most of Wales.

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Great Western Railway (train operating company)

First Greater Western Limited, trading as Great Western Railway (GWR), is a British train operating company owned by FirstGroup that operates the Greater Western railway franchise.

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Greater Anglia (train operating company)

Greater Anglia (legal name Abellio East Anglia Limited) is a train operating company in Great Britain owned as a joint venture by Abellio, the international arm of the state-owned Dutch national rail operator Nederlandse Spoorwegen, and the Japanese company Mitsui.

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Hansard

Hansard is the traditional name of the transcripts of Parliamentary Debates in Britain and many Commonwealth countries.

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Heritage railway

A heritage railway is a railway operated as living history to re-create or preserve railway scenes of the past.

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High-speed rail

High-speed rail is a type of rail transport that operates significantly faster than traditional rail traffic, using an integrated system of specialized rolling stock and dedicated tracks.

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History of rail transport in Great Britain

The railway system of Great Britain, the principal territory of the United Kingdom, is the oldest in the world.

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History of rail transport in Great Britain 1948–1994

The history of rail transport in Great Britain 1948–1994 covers the period when the British railway system was nationalised under the name of British Rail (initially known as British Railways), until its eventual privatisation in 1994.

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Hot dog

A hot dog (also spelled hotdog), also known as a frankfurter (sometimes shortened to frank), dog, or wiener, is a cooked sausage, traditionally grilled or steamed and served in a partially sliced bun.

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House of Lords

The House of Lords of the United Kingdom, also known as the House of Peers, is the upper house of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.

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Hovercraft

A hovercraft, also known as an air-cushion vehicle or ACV, is a craft capable of travelling over land, water, mud, ice, and other surfaces.

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Hugh Hudson

Hugh Hudson (born 25 August 1936) is an English film director.

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Ian Allan Publishing

Ian Allan Publishing is a UK publisher, established in 1942, which specialised in transport books.

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Impact of the privatisation of British Rail

The impact of the privatisation of British Rail in the 1990s has been the subject of much debate, which has continued to the present day.

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InterCity (British Rail)

InterCity (or, in the earliest days, the hyphenated Inter-City) was introduced by British Rail in 1966 as a brand-name for its long-haul express passenger services (see British Rail brand names for a full history).

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Inverness railway station

Inverness railway station is the railway station serving the Scottish city of Inverness.

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ITV (TV network)

ITV is a British commercial TV network.

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Jeremy Corbyn

Jeremy Bernard Corbyn (born 26 May 1949).

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Jock Kinneir

Richard "Jock" Kinneir (11 February 1917 – 23 August 1994) was a typographer and graphic designer who, with colleague Margaret Calvert, designed many of the road signs used throughout the United Kingdom.

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Joint railway

A joint railway is a railway operating under the control of more than one railway company: those companies very often supplying the traction over the railway.

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Keighley and Worth Valley Railway

The Keighley and Worth Valley Railway is a branch line that served mills and villages in the Worth Valley and is now a heritage railway line in West Yorkshire, England.

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Kent

Kent is a county in South East England and one of the home counties.

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Kidderminster Town railway station

Kidderminster Town is a railway station situated in the town of Kidderminster, Worcestershire, England.

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King's Lynn railway station

King's Lynn railway station is the northern terminus of the Fen line in the east of England, serving the town of King's Lynn, Norfolk.

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Labour Party (UK)

The Labour Party is a centre-left political party in the United Kingdom.

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Lew Adams

Lewis Drummond Adams (born 16 August 1939) is a British former trade unionist.

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Lightning

Lightning is a sudden electrostatic discharge that occurs typically during a thunderstorm.

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Lion (heraldry)

The lion is a common charge in heraldry.

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List of British Rail classes

This article lists the wide variety of locomotives and multiple units that have operated on Great Britain's railway network, since Nationalisation in 1948.

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List of British Railways steam locomotives as of 31 December 1967

List of British Railways steam locomotives as of 31 December 1967.

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List of companies operating trains in the United Kingdom

This article only covers companies operating trains on Network Rail lines.

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List of constituents of British Railways

The following is a list of constituents of British Railways.

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List of Prime Ministers of the United Kingdom

The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom is the head of the Government of the United Kingdom, and chairs Cabinet meetings.

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Liverpool Overhead Railway

The Liverpool Overhead Railway (known locally as the Dockers' Umbrella) was an overhead railway in Liverpool which operated along the Liverpool Docks and opened in 1893 with lightweight electric multiple units.

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Liverpool Street station

Liverpool Street station, also known as London Liverpool Street, is a central London railway terminus and connected London Underground station in the north-eastern corner of the City of London, in the ward of Bishopsgate.

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Llandudno railway station

Llandudno railway station serves the seaside town of Llandudno in North Wales, and is the terminus of a long branch line from on the Crewe to Holyhead North Wales Coast Line.

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Logistics

Logistics is generally the detailed organization and implementation of a complex operation.

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London

London is the capital and most populous city of England and the United Kingdom.

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London and North Eastern Railway

The London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) was the second largest (after LMS) of the "Big Four" railway companies created by the Railways Act 1921 in Britain.

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London and North Western Railway

The London and North Western Railway (LNWR, L&NWR) was a British railway company between 1846 and 1922.

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London Midland

London Midland was a train operating company in England, owned by Govia, which operated the West Midlands franchise.

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London Midland Region of British Railways

The London Midland Region (LMR) was one of the six regions created on the formation of the nationalised British Railways (BR) and initially consisted of ex-London, Midland and Scottish Railway (LMS) lines in England and Wales.

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London North Eastern Railway

London North Eastern Railway (LNER) is a British train operating company that operates the InterCity East Coast franchise.

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London Overground

London Overground (also known simply as the Overground) is a suburban rail network serving London and its environs.

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London Paddington station

Paddington, also known as London Paddington, is a Central London railway terminus and London Underground station complex, located on Praed Street in the Paddington area.

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London Transport Board

The London Transport Board was the organisation responsible for public transport (except main-line trains) in London, UK, and its environs from 1963 to 1969.

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London Transport Executive

The London Transport Executive (LTE) was the organisation responsible for public transport in the Greater London area, UK, between 1948–1962.

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London Underground

The London Underground (also known simply as the Underground, or by its nickname the Tube) is a public rapid transit system serving London and some parts of the adjacent counties of Buckinghamshire, Essex and Hertfordshire in the United Kingdom.

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London, Midland and Scottish Railway

The London, Midland and Scottish Railway (LMS)It has been argued that the initials LMSR should be used to be consistent with LNER, GWR and SR.

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Lord Lyon King of Arms

The Right Honourable the Lord Lyon King of Arms, the head of Lyon Court, is the most junior of the Great Officers of State in Scotland and is the Scottish official with responsibility for regulating heraldry in that country, issuing new grants of arms, and serving as the judge of the Court of the Lord Lyon, the oldest heraldic court in the world that is still in daily operation.

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Maesteg Line

The Maesteg Line is a commuter rail line in South Wales from Bridgend to Maesteg.

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Margaret Calvert

Margaret Vivienne Calvert (born 1936) is a British typographer and graphic designer who, with colleague Jock Kinneir, designed many of the road signs used throughout the United Kingdom, as well as the Transport font used on road signs, the Rail Alphabet font used on the British railway system, and an early version of the signs used in airports.

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Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Hilda Thatcher, Baroness Thatcher, (13 October 19258 April 2013) was a British stateswoman who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990 and Leader of the Conservative Party from 1975 to 1990.

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Merseyrail

Merseyrail is both a train operating company (TOC) and a commuter rail network in and around Liverpool City Region, England.

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Metropolitan county

The metropolitan counties are a type of county-level administrative division of England.

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Midland Main Line

The Midland Main Line is a major railway line in England from London to Sheffield in the north of England.

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Midland Mainline

Midland Mainline was a train operating company in the United Kingdom owned by National Express that operated the Midland Main Line franchise from April 1996 until November 2007.

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Milner Gray (designer)

Milner Connorton Gray CBE(1899–1997) was one of the key figures of British industrial design in the 20th century, having played an important role in establishing design as a recognized profession, the emergence of British design consultancies, and the development of Design Management.

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Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick

The Modern Records Centre (MRC) is the specialist archive service of the University of Warwick in Coventry, England, located adjacent to the Central Campus Library.

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National Express East Anglia

National Express East Anglia (NXEA) was a train operating company in England owned by National Express, that operated the Greater Anglia franchise from April 2004 until February 2012.

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National Express East Coast

National Express East Coast (NXEC) was a train operating company in the United Kingdom owned by National Express that operated the InterCity East Coast franchise from December 2007 until November 2009, when it refused financial support for its franchise.

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National Rail

National Rail (NR) in the United Kingdom is the trading name licensed for use by the Rail Delivery Group, an unincorporated association whose membership consists of the passenger train operating companies (TOCs) of England, Scotland, and Wales.

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Nationalization

Nationalization (or nationalisation) is the process of transforming private assets into public assets by bringing them under the public ownership of a national government or state.

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Network Rail

Network Rail is the owner (via its subsidiary Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd, which was known as Railtrack plc before 2002) and infrastructure manager of most of the rail network in England, Scotland and Wales.

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Network SouthEast

Network SouthEast (NSE) was one of the three passenger sectors of British Rail formed in 1982.

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New Labour

New Labour refers to a period in the history of the British Labour Party from the late-1990s until 2010 under the leadership of Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.

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New Year

New Year is the time or day at which a new calendar year begins and the calendar's year count increments by one.

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New Year's Day

New Year's Day, also called simply New Year's or New Year, is observed on January 1, the first day of the year on the modern Gregorian calendar as well as the Julian calendar.

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New Year's Eve

In the Gregorian calendar, New Year's Eve (also known as Old Year's Day or Saint Sylvester's Day in many countries), the last day of the year, is on 31 December which is the seventh day of Christmastide.

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North Eastern Region of British Railways

The North Eastern Region was a region of British Railways from 1948, whose operating area could be identified by the orange signs and colour schemes that adorned its stations and other railway buildings.

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Northern Rail (Serco-Abellio)

Northern Rail was an English train operating company owned by Serco-Abellio that operated the Northern franchise from 2004 until 2016.

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Office for Budget Responsibility

The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) is an advisory non-departmental public body that the UK government established to provide independent economic forecasts and independent analysis of the public finances as background to the preparation of the UK budget.

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Oxfordshire Ironstone Railway

The Oxfordshire Ironstone Railway was a standard-gauge mineral railway that served an ironstone quarry near the village of Wroxton in Oxfordshire.

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Passenger rail franchising in Great Britain

Passenger rail franchising in Great Britain is the system of contracting out the operation of the passenger services on the railways of Great Britain to private companies through a system of franchising.

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Passenger transport executive

In the United Kingdom, passenger transport executives (PTEs) are local government bodies which are responsible for public transport within large urban areas.

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Penzance railway station

Penzance railway station serves the town of Penzance in west Cornwall, England.

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Peter Parker (British businessman)

Sir Peter Parker KBE LVO (30 August 1924 – 28 April 2002) was a British businessman and chairman of the British Railways Board from 1976 to 1983.

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Poole railway station

Down stopping train in 1958 Poole railway station is on the South Western Main Line serving the town of Poole in Dorset, England.

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Port and starboard

Port and starboard are nautical and aeronautical terms for left and right, respectively.

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Privatisation of British Rail

The Privatisation of British Rail was the process by which ownership and operation of the railways of Great Britain passed from government control into private hands.

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Racal

Racal Electronics plc was once the third largest British electronics firm.

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Rail Alphabet

Rail Alphabet is a typeface designed by Jock Kinneir and Margaret Calvert for British Railways.

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Rail Delivery Group

The Rail Delivery Group (RDG) is a membership body in the British railway system, bringing together the companies that run Britain’s railway into a single team with one goal - to deliver a better railway for Britain, its businesses and communities.

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Rail Express Systems

Rail Express Systems was a sector of British Rail.

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Rail freight transport

Rail freight transport is the use of railroads and trains to transport cargo as opposed to human passengers.

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Rail Riders

Rail Riders, originally called Great Rail Club was a club for young rail enthusiasts run by British Rail in the United Kingdom between 1981 and 1991.

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Rail subsidies

Many countries offer subsidies to their railways because of the social and economic benefits that it brings.

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Rail transport

Rail transport is a means of transferring of passengers and goods on wheeled vehicles running on rails, also known as tracks.

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Rail transport in Great Britain

The railway system in Great Britain is the oldest in the world.

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Railfreight Distribution

Railfreight Distribution was a sub-sector of British Rail created by the division in 1987 of British Rail's previous Railfreight sector.

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Railnews

Railnews is a national monthly newspaper and news website for the British railway network.

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Railtrack

Railtrack was a group of companies that owned the track, signalling, tunnels, bridges, level crossings and all but a handful of the stations of the British railway system from 1994 until 2002.

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Railway electrification in Great Britain

Railway electrification in Great Britain began during the late 19th century.

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Railway electrification system

A railway electrification system supplies electric power to railway trains and trams without an on-board prime mover or local fuel supply.

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Railway signalling

Railway signalling is a system used to direct railway traffic and keep trains clear of each other at all times.

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Railways Act 1921

The Railways Act 1921 (c. 55), also known as the Grouping Act, was an Act of Parliament enacted by the British government and intended to stem the losses being made by many of the country's 120 railway companies, move the railways away from internal competition and retain some of the benefits which the country had derived from a government-controlled railway during and after the Great War of 1914–1918.

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Red Star Parcels

Red Star Parcels which is different from Red Star services was a service which used passenger trains for transporting parcels between passenger railway stations throughout the United Kingdom, owned and operated by British Rail.

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Regional Railways

Regional Railways was one of the three passenger sectors of British Rail created in 1982 that existed until 1997, two years after privatisation.

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Revenue

In accounting, revenue is the income that a business has from its normal business activities, usually from the sale of goods and services to customers.

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Richard Beeching

Richard Beeching, Baron Beeching (21 April 1913 – 23 March 1985), commonly known as Dr Beeching, was a physicist and engineer who for a short but very notable time was chairman of British Railways and an affiliate of the Conservative Party in Britain.

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Robert Riddles

Robert Arthur "Robin" Riddles, CBE, MIMechE, MinstLE (23 May 1892 – 18 June 1983) was a British locomotive engineer.

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Rolling stock

The term rolling stock in rail transport industry originally referred to any vehicles that move on a railway.

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Rolling stock operating company

A rolling stock operating company (ROSCO) owns and maintains railway engines and carriages which are leased to train operating companies who operate the trains.

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Royal Albert Bridge

The Royal Albert Bridge is a railway bridge which spans the River Tamar in England between Plymouth, Devon and Saltash, Cornwall.

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Scotland

Scotland (Alba) is a country that is part of the United Kingdom and covers the northern third of the island of Great Britain.

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ScotRail (British Rail)

The ScotRail trading name was adopted on 22 September 1983, under manager Chris Green, British Railways Scottish Region to provide a distinctive brand for the British Rail network in Scotland.

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ScotRail (National Express)

ScotRail was a train operating company in Scotland owned by National Express that operated the ScotRail franchise from March 1997 until October 2004.

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Scottish Region of British Railways

The Scottish Region (ScR) was one of the six regions created on British Railways (BR) and consisted of ex-London, Midland and Scottish Railway (LMS) and ex-London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) lines in Scotland.

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Sealink

Sealink was a ferry company based in the United Kingdom from 1970 to 1984, operating services to France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Channel Islands, Isle of Wight and Ireland.

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Seaspeed

Seaspeed was the joint hovercraft operations of British Rail (under British Rail Hovercraft Limited) in association with the French SNCF.

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Serpell Report

The Serpell Report was produced by a committee chaired by Sir David Serpell, a retired senior civil servant.

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Severn Valley Railway

The Severn Valley Railway is a heritage railway in Shropshire and Worcestershire, England.

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Shades of green

Varieties of the color green may differ in hue, chroma (also called saturation or intensity) or lightness (or value, tone, or brightness), or in two or three of these qualities.

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Silverlink

Silverlink was a train operating company in the United Kingdom owned by National Express that operated the North London Railways franchise from March 1997 until November 2007.

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SNCF

The Société nationale des chemins de fer français (SNCF, "French National Railway Company") is France's national state-owned railway company.

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South Eastern Trains

South Eastern Trains, branded as Southeastern, was a publicly owned train operating company that operated the South Eastern Passenger Rail Franchise between November 2003, when it took over from Connex South Eastern, and 1 April 2006, when Southeastern began operating the new Integrated Kent franchise.

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South Staffordshire line

The South Staffordshire line is a railway line that once connected Lichfield in Staffordshire, England with Dudley, formerly in Worcestershire.

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South West Trains

South West Trains (SWT) was an English train operating company owned by Stagecoach, which operated the South Western franchise between 1996 and 2017.

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Southeastern (train operating company)

London & South Eastern Railway Limited, trading as Southeastern, is a British train operating company owned by the Anglo-French joint venture Govia that provides rail services in South East England.

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Southern (Govia Thameslink Railway)

Southern is the brand name used by the Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) train operating company on the Southern routes of the Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern franchise in England.

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Southern Railway (UK)

The Southern Railway (SR), sometimes shortened to 'Southern', was a British railway company established in the 1923 Grouping.

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Southern Region of British Railways

The Southern Region was a region of British Railways from 1948 until 1992 when railways were re-privatised.

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Spitting Image

Spitting Image is a British satirical puppet show, created by Peter Fluck, Roger Law and Martin Lambie-Nairn.

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SR.N4

The SR.N4 (Saunders-Roe Nautical 4) hovercraft (also known as the Mountbatten-class hovercraft) was a large passenger and vehicle carrying hovercraft built by the British Hovercraft Corporation (BHC).

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Stansted Airport railway station

Stansted Airport railway station is on a branch line off the West Anglia Main Line in the east of England and was opened in 1991 to provide a rail link to London Stansted Airport.

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State-owned enterprise

A state-owned enterprise (SOE) is a business enterprise where the state has significant control through full, majority, or significant minority ownership.

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Statutory corporation

A statutory corporation is a corporation created by the state.

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Steam locomotives of British Railways

The steam locomotives of British Railways were used by British Railways over the period 1948–1968.

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Stirling–Alloa–Kincardine rail link

The Stirling–Alloa–Kincardine rail link was a project to re-open of railway line between Stirling, Alloa and Kincardine in Scotland.

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Strategic Rail Authority

The Strategic Rail Authority (SRA) was a non-departmental public body in the United Kingdom set up under the Transport Act 2000 to provide strategic direction for the railway industry.

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Tertiary sector of the economy

The tertiary sector or service sector is the third of the three economic sectors of the three-sector theory.

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Thales Group

Thales Group is a French multinational company that designs and builds electrical systems and provides services for the aerospace, defence, transportation and security markets.

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Thameslink (train operating company 1997–2006)

Thameslink was a train operating company in the United Kingdom owned by Govia that operated the Thameslink franchise from March 1997 until March 2006.

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Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern franchise

Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern (TSGN) is a management contract for the provision of passenger services on the Thameslink and Great Northern routes to,,,,,, London Moorgate, Sutton, Wimbledon and Brighton, as well as the whole Southern network (including the Gatwick Express) and the jointly operated First Capital Connect Southeastern services (for example the Kentish Town - via), which were added to the franchise on 25 July 2015, with the Southern and Gatwick Express brands retained.

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The Railway Magazine

The Railway Magazine is a monthly British railway magazine, aimed at the railway enthusiast market, that has been published in London since July 1897.

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The wrong type of snow

"The wrong type of snow" or "the wrong kind of snow" is a phrase coined by the British media in 1991 after severe weather caused disruption to many of British Rail's services.

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Thomas the Tank Engine

Thomas the Tank Engine is a fictional steam locomotive in The Railway Series books by the Reverend Wilbert Awdry and his son, Christopher.

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Tilting train

A tilting train is a train that has a mechanism enabling increased speed on regular rail tracks.

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TOPS

Total Operations Processing System, or TOPS, is a computer system for managing the locomotives and rolling stock (railroad cars) owned by and/or operated on a rail system.

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Trade name

A trade name, trading name, or business name is a pseudonym frequently used by companies to operate under a name different from their registered, legal name.

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Train

A train is a form of transport consisting of a series of connected vehicles that generally runs along a rail track to transport cargo or passengers.

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Train operating company

A train operating company (TOC) is a business operating passenger trains on the railway system of Great Britain under the collective National Rail brand.

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Trainload Freight

Trainload Freight was the sector of British Rail responsible for trainload freight services.

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Transport

Transport or transportation is the movement of humans, animals and goods from one location to another.

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Transport Act 1947

The Transport Act 1947 (c. 49) is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.

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Vale of Glamorgan Line

The Vale of Glamorgan Line is a commuter railway line in Wales, running through the Vale of Glamorgan from Barry to Bridgend via Rhoose and Llantwit Major.

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Vale of Rheidol Railway

The Vale of Rheidol Railway (Rheilffordd Cwm Rheidol) is a narrow gauge heritage railway, opened in 1902, that runs for between Aberystwyth and Devil's Bridge in the county of Ceredigion, Wales.

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Valley Lines (train operating company)

Valley Lines was the trading name of the Cardiff Railway Company, a train operating company owned by Prism Rail that ran local services around Cardiff from October 1996 until October 2001.

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Virgin CrossCountry

Virgin CrossCountry was a train operating company in the United Kingdom operating the InterCity CrossCountry franchise from January 1997 until November 2007.

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Virgin Trains

Virgin Trains (legal name West Coast Trains Limited) is a train operating company in the United Kingdom owned by Virgin Rail Group that has operated the InterCity West Coast franchise since 9 March 1997.

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Virgin Trains East Coast

Virgin Trains East Coast (legal name East Coast Main Line Company Limited) was a train operating company in the United Kingdom that operated the InterCity East Coast franchise on the East Coast Main Line between London, Yorkshire, the North East and Scotland.

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Wales

Wales (Cymru) is a country that is part of the United Kingdom and the island of Great Britain.

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Wales & West

Wales & West was a train operating company in the United Kingdom that operated the South Wales & West franchise from 1996 until 2001.

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Wales and Borders

Wales and Borders Trains was a train operating company in the United Kingdom owned by National Express that operated the Wales & Borders franchise from October 2001 until December 2003.

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Walsall

Walsall is an industrial town in the West Midlands of England.

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Watercress Line

The Watercress Line is the marketing name of the Mid Hants Railway, a heritage railway in Hampshire, England, running from New Alresford to Alton where it connects to the National Rail network.

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Waterloo & City line

The Waterloo & City line (colloquially known as The Drain) is a London Underground line that runs between Waterloo and Bank with no intermediate stops.

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Waverley Route

The Waverley Route was a railway line that ran south from Edinburgh, through Midlothian and the Scottish Borders, to Carlisle.

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Wealden Line

The Wealden LineBroadbent, S., p. 48.

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Wessex Trains

Wessex Trains was a train operating company in the United Kingdom owned by National Express that operated the Wessex Trains franchise from October 2001 until March 2006, when the franchise was merged with the Great Western and Thames Valley franchises to form the Greater Western franchise.

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West Anglia Great Northern

West Anglia Great Northern was a train operating company in England owned by National Express, that operated the West Anglia Great Northern franchise from January 1997 until March 2004 and the Great Northern franchise from April 2004 until March 2006.

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West Coast Main Line

The West Coast Main Line (WCML) is one of the most important railway corridors in the United Kingdom, connecting the major cities of London, Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester, and Glasgow.

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West of England line

The West of England line (also known as the West of England Main Line) is a British railway line from, Hampshire, to Exeter St Davids in Devon, England.

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Western Region of British Railways

The Western Region was a region of British Railways from 1948.

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White paper

A white paper is an authoritative report or guide that informs readers concisely about a complex issue and presents the issuing body's philosophy on the matter.

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Wolverhampton

Wolverhampton is a city and metropolitan borough in the West Midlands, England.

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Woodhead line

The Woodhead line was a railway line linking Sheffield, Penistone and Manchester in the north of England.

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World War I

World War I (often abbreviated as WWI or WW1), also known as the First World War, the Great War, or the War to End All Wars, was a global war originating in Europe that lasted from 28 July 1914 to 11 November 1918.

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World War II

World War II (often abbreviated to WWII or WW2), also known as the Second World War, was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945, although conflicts reflecting the ideological clash between what would become the Allied and Axis blocs began earlier.

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2018

2018 has been designated as the third International Year of the Reef by the International Coral Reef Initiative.

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2019

2019 (MMXIX) will be a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2019th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 19th year of the 3rd millennium, the 19th year of the 21st century, and the 10th and last year of the 2010s decade.

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British Railways, British rail, Nationalisation of British Rail, Nationalisation of British Railways.

References

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Rail

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