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...as we are now seeing the return of the pre-1923 railway companies. We've got Sea Containers' GNER, First's GWR, and now a planned "super-franchise" that can only be called the LNWR...

Now what - A 1923-style regrouping that will give us GNER folding into the central and northern franchises to bring back the good old LNER? Or all the London third-rail commuter services as Southern? Or even the new LNWR and Virgin's Cross Country turning into that bastion of railway proprietary, the LMS?

Only those who refuse to learn from history are doomed to repeat it...

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drpete
Sep. 14th, 2004 12:47 am (UTC)
We already have the situation where different companies no longer accept certain tickets bought from other networks..

It's a shame there's no romance in it any more, although with woeful journey times, I wonder whether we'll see the "Race for the North" all over again between the "LNER" and "LMS"... Be nice to see an A4 v. A Coronation in the flesh. Doubt it somehow ;o)
camies
Sep. 14th, 2004 01:34 am (UTC)
Fewer, larger companies might at least be able to invest more. Would the Race to the North have been possible on the resources of some tiny pre-Grouping company, back when there were 123 of them?
quercus
Sep. 14th, 2004 03:12 am (UTC)
The Race to the North was pre-grouping. After they'd done that, they realised there was a lot of cost and no extra profit to doing it again, so there was a gentleman's agreement not to. It wasn't until Gresley started the A4s and the streamliner races in the '30s that there was any more competition over timing on those routes.
therealdrhyde
Sep. 14th, 2004 11:26 am (UTC)
Why would anyone want to go to the north, at whatever speed?