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British Railways

Updated: 23-11-2013

British Railways (the trading name of the British Transport Commission) was formed in 1948 by the nationalisation of the "big four" regional networks and a number of smaller lines.  The previously independent four companies formed the basis of the British Rail regions, the Southern Railway becoming the Southern Region of British Railways.

In 1968 British Rail Shipping incorporated in one body the shipping and port services of the BR regions.  In 1970 the Sealink consortium was created, comprising principally of BR Shipping, SNCF and the Belgian Maritime Transport Authority (RMT/RTM).


BR operated ships included :
Deal  (ex. SR)
Worthing  (ex. SR)
St. Patrick  
Maid of Orleans  
Brighton  
Dover  
Vortigern