British American Railway Services

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British American Railway Services Ltd
TypeLimited company
PredecessorECT Rail Holdings
Area served
Great Britain
ServicesLocomotive hire
ParentIowa Pacific Holdings

British American Railway Services (BARS) is a British locomotive and spot hire company. It is ultimately owned by Iowa Pacific Holdings.

The company was established in 2008 to acquire the rail assets of Ealing Community Transport.[1]

BARS subsidiaries include RMS Locotec, Hanson Traction, Weardale Railway and Dartmoor Railway.[2] BARS also owned Devon and Cornwall Railways which was active from 2011 until 2017. In January 2020 BARS announced that they intended to dispose of all UK business.[3]

BARS D5613 (31190) at Eastleigh in BR green livery


  1. ^ "A Brief History of ECT Charity" (PDF). ECT Charity. April 2016. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
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  3. ^ Weardale Railway put up for sale by its American owners