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Railfreight
Railfreight
was a sector of British Rail
British Rail
responsible for all freight operations on the British network. The division was created in 1982 when BR sought to assign particular stock and management to the evolving requirements of freight traffic.

Contents

1 History 2 Livery

2.1 Railfreight
Railfreight
grey 2.2 Railfreight
Railfreight
red stripe 2.3 Two-tone grey

3 References

History[edit] Railfreight
Railfreight
existed as a single unit from 1982 until 1987 as the rail freight division of British Rail. In 1987 BRs freight operations were further divided according to the type of train operated and material carried; the Trainload Freight
Trainload Freight
division and its sub-sectors handled unit trains of coal, metal, aggregates, oil or petroleum, LPG, petro-chemicals, and construction materials, Railfreight
Railfreight
Distribution handled intermodal and non-unit train work, and channel tunnel freight. Activities which were not assigned to one of the new Trainload Freight
Trainload Freight
or Railfreight Distribution
Railfreight Distribution
sub-sectors were then continued under the Railfreight
Railfreight
General banner, Railfreight
Railfreight
General was dissolved in 1989, its limited responsibilities being taken over by Railfreight
Railfreight
Distribution. Livery[edit] Railfreight
Railfreight
grey[edit] The Railfreight
Railfreight
sector was immediately identifiable through the introduction of a new ' Railfreight
Railfreight
Grey' livery, originally created for the new Class 58 locomotives which began to appear in 1982,[1] and then soon applied to most of the locomotives and rolling stock assigned to the division. This new colour scheme was very distinctive on the British network as it represented the first clear break from the universal application of variations of Rail Blue for 15 years.

Railfreight
Railfreight
Red Stripe livery, shown on a Class 26 in October 1985.

Railfreight
Railfreight
livery without the red stripe, shown on a Class 37 in September 1985.

Railfreight
Railfreight
red stripe[edit] The new livery was further distinguished, in locomotive classes such as the Class 58 and Class 20 where the bodywork was mounted on a solebar, by painting the solebar red to give a distinctive red stripe running the length of the lower bodyside, a livery known as ' Railfreight
Railfreight
Red Stripe'. Other classes of locomotives with an integrated monocoque construction and so no solebar, such as the Class 26, Class 37, Class 47 and Class 56, also had red stripes applied to the lower body side. Two-tone grey[edit] Some of the monocoque locomotives briefly acquired a red stripe in 1987; however following the creation of Trainload Freight
Trainload Freight
and Railfreight Distribution
Railfreight Distribution
in 1987, they were soon repainted in the new sub-sector two-tone grey livery with appropriate decals. Four remaining Railfreight
Railfreight
locomotives and rolling stock, not assigned to the sub-sectors, were painted in two-tone grey livery with dedicated Railfreight
Railfreight
General decals. References[edit]

^ Railfreight
Railfreight
Archived 15 September 2010 at the Wayback Machine., Class 58 locomotive group

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British Rail

History

1955 Modernisation Plan Beeching cuts Serpell Report Privatisation of British Rail Accidents

Legislation

Transport Act 1947 Transport Act 1962 Railways Act 1993 Transport Act 2000

Management

British Transport Commission British Railways Board BRB (Residuary) Limited

Regions

Eastern London Midland North Eastern Scottish Southern Western

Services, sectors and subsidiaries

Passenger

InterCity Network NorthWest Network SouthEast Regional Railways ScotRail

Freight

Railfreight Rail Express Systems Railfreight
Railfreight
Distribution

Speedlink Freightliner

Trainload Freight Red Star Parcels

Other

British Rail
British Rail
Engineering British Rail
British Rail
Research Division British Rail
British Rail
Telecommunications British Transport Hotels Sealink Travellers Fare

Media and Publicity

Blue Pullman Killing Time Age of the Train Railnews The wrong type of snow

See also Category:British Rail

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Rail freight in Great Britain

Current operators

Colas Rail DB Cargo UK Direct Rail Services Europorte Channel Freightliner Group GB Railfreight Mendip Rail

Post-privatisation defunct

Advenza Freight Fastline

ex-BR shadow franchises

Loadhaul Mainline Freight Transrail
Transrail
Freight

BR sectors and divisions

Railfreight Trainload Freight Rail Express Systems Railfreight
Railfreight
Distribution Freightliner Speedlink Red Star Parcels

Major terminals

Daventry Dollands Moor Trafford Park

See also

Channel Tunnel

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