British American Railway Services

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

British American Railway Services (BARS) was a British locomotive and spot hire company. It was a subsidiary of Iowa Pacific Holdings.

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

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


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