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Old 16-05-2018, 02:50 PM   #1
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I see in today's news that the government are taking the East Coast Main Line back into public ownership. They are going to rebrand it the LNER. Not too imaginative, but certainly historic. No word on whether they will be using Gresley Pacifics to haul the trains though. But possibly they could do worse...
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Old 16-05-2018, 09:43 PM   #2
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This appears to be true, but not the same as denoted by the old London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) created by the Railways Act 1921.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/l...t-and-scotland

At Nationalisation, the Grouping Railways were insolvent, except the GWR, so these designations could not be resurrected on rail privatisation. Since the GWR didn't go bust, the current operator can use it. So it can't mean the old LNER.
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Old 16-05-2018, 10:11 PM   #3
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For whatever reason, successive private enterprises have failed to make a go of the East Coast Main Line. As for the use of the LNER name, I donít know, but there seems to be some method whereby the name can be re-used, I can only imagine.
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Old 16-05-2018, 10:47 PM   #4
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Actually a new company can register itself in the name of a previously dissolved company - there are no restrictions in law to prevent it.
The old company ceases as a legal entity once it has been formally wound up. Therefore there is nothing to stop a new company registering the old name. You wouldn’t want to do it if the old company had a bad reputation, but in this case I can see why they would want to cash in on the nostalgia element.
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Old 17-05-2018, 07:46 AM   #5
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HI now I would like to see the old GWR reborn - all the small branch lines ?? but sadly they have long gone -- and no real money in the pot - to even start, to put some back -- regards Dave
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