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Issue Date: 24/06/2018
Issue Name: East Coast Mainline Becomes LNER
Producer: Buckingham Covers
Our latest Rail cover marks the renationalisation of the East Coast Mainline, coming temporarily under the control of the New London North Eastern Railway (LNER). This fantastic rail cover features a wonderful painting by artist John Wigston which depicts a composite of the history of the line against the backdrop of Waverley Station and shows the likes of the Flying Scotsman and Mallard. It has a 17pence Flying Scotsman stamp and a 1st Class defintive stamp along with our special Edinburgh postmark 24.06.2018, the renationalisation date.
East Coast Mainline becomes LNER
The 24th of June 2018 saw the simultaneous government removal of the railway franchise from a private Train Operating Company of the East Coast Mainline Services and the rebranding of the route.
Running from London Kings Cross station to Edinburgh, the 632 km (393 mile) long line is a main arterial route. Since it’s privatisation in April 1996, the franchise has had a chequered path, as following the failure of its second Train Operating Company in 2009, it was taken back into government control until 2015. Having won the subsequent five year franchise lease, Virgin Trains East Coast was relieved of its obligations on 23rd June 2018, when service provision was transferred to the British Government as the Operator of Last Resort. Company managerial control is undertaken by an independent committee under the direction of an independent Chairman.
The rebranding of the East Coast mainline railway operational route to London North Eastern Railway (LNER) marks the “recreation of one of Britain’s iconic rail brands” so said Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling, during his House of Commons address of 16th May 2018.
The original LNER was created in response to the Railway Act of 1921, an amalgamation of a number of smaller railway companies which operated from the 1st of January 1923 until the nationalisation of the industry in 1947. During its 24 year life span, the company became industry leaders under Chief Engineer Sir Nigel Gresley, whose A Class locomotives the Flying Scotsman and Mallard set speed records. A situation which the latest company incarnation is set to uphold, with the planned introduction of LNER Azuma Trains. Designed by Japanese company Hitachi and built in England these state of the art trains are capable of reducing transit times by 22 minutes.
Consequently the utilisation of LNER as the brand name for the reimagined railway operation incorporated an embracing of technological advancement whilst heavily acknowledging the industrial legacy of yesteryear.
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