Mainline Freight was a trainload rail freight operator based in Islington, London, England with operations extending to Yorkshire in the north and Somerset in the west. It was formed from part of British Rail's Trainload Freight freight division as part of the privatisation of British Rail.
Loadhaul and Transrail Freight were purchased by a consortium led by Wisconsin Central in 1996 and amalgamated into a new company, English Welsh and Scottish Railway.
History [ edit ]
Mainline Freight was created in 1994 along with Transrail and Loadhaul as part of the broadly regional split of British Rail's Trainload Freight trainload freight operations - Mainline Freight's centre of operations were south east England, and east Anglia, and the East Midlands. Three companies were created with the aim of promoting competition between the businesses. It was initially and briefly named "Trainload Freight South East Limited" before being re-branded in September 1994. [1 ] [2 ]
All three former
Trainload Freight companies including Mainline Freight were acquired in February 1996 by 'North-South Railways': a company formed by a consortium led by US railroad company Wisconsin Central, for a combined total of £225.15million (approximately $349 million). [1 ] [3 ] The management of Mainline Freight, backed by [4 ] Candover and Associated British Ports also formed a bidding consortium for the three former Trainload Freight companies. The three companies together with [5 ] Rail Express Systems were formed into a new company, English Welsh and Scottish Railway (EWS). [1 ] [3 ]
Class 37 locomotive in Mainline freight livery
Mainline's fleet consisted of
Class 08, Class 09, Class 31, Class 33, Class 37, Class 47, Class 56, Class 58, Class 60 and Class 73 locomotives based at Toton, Stratford, Hither Green, Stewarts Lane and Eastleigh depots
The company introduced a livery of 'aircraft blue' with a silver bodyside stripe, and "rolling wheels" logo with Mainline branding.
References [ edit ]
^ a b c Sources:
C. Nash; T. Fowkes (2004), "Rail Privatisation in Britain - Lessons for the rail freight industry : 2. The privatisation process", in European Conference of Ministers of Transport. Economic Research Centre, , OECD Publishing, C. Trainload, p.70; C1 EWS, pp.70-1 = Report of the Hundred and Twenty Fifth Round Table on Transport Economics Held in Paris on 28th-29th November 2002 on the Following Topic: European Integration of Rail Freight Transport
Philippe Thalmann (2004), , Ashgate Publishing, The Privatisation of the Freight Business, p.34-35 The dynamics of freight transport development: a UK and Swiss comparison
^ , WebCHeck - Select and Access Company Information Companies House , see entries for MAINLINE FREIGHT LIMITED, Company No. 02938986
^ a b "Rail Privatisation". hansard.millbanksystems.com. Hansard, House of Commons, UK. 27 December 1996. volume 296, 275W.
^ "WC group buys British freight services - Wisconsin Central buys Loadhaul, Transrail and Mainline Freight", Railway Age (Simmons-Boardman Publishing Corporation), March 1996
^ "ABP HOLDINGS PLC IN CONSORTIUM LED BY CANDOVER TO BID FOR TRAINLOAD FREIGHT", www.prnewswire.co.uk, 11 November 1995
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