Goodbye EWS



The former EWS website today

Following the privatisation of British Railways, English, Welsh and Scottish Railway Ltd (EWS) became the largest British rail freight company. EWS itself was established by the re-branding of a Wisconsin Central/North & South Railways consortium in 1996. The consortium had successfully bid for all three of the former BR trainload freight companies: Trans-Rail, Mainline Freight and Load-Haul. £225.15 million was paid for the three trainload freight businesses, which carried 88.7 million tonnes of freight the previous year with a turnover of £559 million. North and South Railways itself was a re-branding of an earlier Wisconsin Central led consortium, which in 1995, had taken over BR’s parcels business, Rail Express Systems, for £25.7 million. Canadian National bought Wisconsin Central in 2001.

In 2007, DB acquired all the shares in EWS. Initially it was announced that EWS would not be rebranded, but on the 1st January 2009 EWS was re-branded as DB Schenker.



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