Big Four British railway companies


Big Four British railway companies

Big Four was a name used to describe the four largest railway companies in the United Kingdom in the period 1923-1947. The name was coined by the "Railway Magazine" in its issue of February 1923.

The Big Four were:

* Great Western Railway (GWR)
* London, Midland and Scottish Railway (LMS)
* London and North Eastern Railway (LNER)
* Southern Railway

In 1948 these companies were nationalised to form British Railways.

ee also

* History of rail transport in Great Britain
* History of rail transport in Great Britain 1830 - 1922
* History of rail transport in Great Britain 1923 - 1947
* List of railway companies involved in the 1923 grouping
* Railways Act 1921
* Transport Act 1947
* British Transport Commission


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