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    Quote Originally Posted by AmericanThunder View Post
    British Leyland
    British Rail
    British Coal
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    Yep. Well, British Rail (which we all used to own) was effectively privatised...result? Higher fares, little improvement in service.

    But to respond to the question that started this thread, I am staggered to think the Train Guards dispute is still going on. I take it that's what the aforementioned strikes are about?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Will View Post
    Yep. Well, British Rail (which we all used to own) was effectively privatised...result? Higher fares, little improvement in service.
    The unions played their part in bringing about privatisation and Dr Beeching obliged.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AmericanThunder View Post
    The unions played their part in bringing about privatisation and Dr Beeching obliged.
    Really? I thought he was dead by the time British Rail was privatised. He died in 1985 and the privatisation didn't begin until 1994. I think we have to thank Jonn Major for that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Will View Post
    Really? I thought he was dead by the time British Rail was privatised. He died in 1985 and the privatisation didn't begin until 1994. I think we have to thank Jonn Major for that.
    No, he began the process long before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AmericanThunder View Post
    No, he began the process long before.
    Ahh, OK. I didn't know that. I'd always thought he was more responsible for what happened before it's natiolisation (it was private before that of course). I can't say I know much about it to be honest but I did know that he closed an awful lot of train routes. It makes interesting reading. Seems his actions weren't too popular and are still viewed as controversial today. Although, Ive struggled to find anything to indicate unions had anything to do with it's eventual privatisation in the 90's.

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