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British Rail, originally known as British Railways, was the nationalised operator of railways in the UK from 1948 until the 1990s, when the network was privatised, a process which was completed in 2001. BR was created from a merger of the four main railway companies in 1998, the GWR, LMS, LNER & SR. During the 1950s and 1960s, the network underwent modernisation with steam traction being replaced by diesel and electric along with major cuts to services and the network size as part of the Beeching axe. Many British Rail locos are still used by privatised operating companies today.

British Rail is featured in the Northern Trans-Pennine route, which is set during the 1980s. The Class 45, 47 and 101 are featured in BR Blue livery, the main livery of British Rail during the 1970s and 1980s, prior to sectorisation.

Northern Trans-Pennine
Locomotives BR Class 45 - BR Class 47 - BR Class 101
Rolling Stock BR Mk1 - BR Mk2
Locations Manchester Victoria - Huddersfield - Leeds
Operators British Rail
Tutorials Diesel Locomotives Introduction - Class 101 Introduction
Scenarios Trans-Pennine - Driving Rain - Down and Out - Rescue Run - Red Bank Rotation