DB Cargo UK is a British freight operator. It was formed in 1996 following the purchase of former British Rail companies Loadhaul, Mainline Freight and Transrail. Mail and parcels transport company Rail Express Systems was acquired the same year and all four companies were merged to create English, Welsh & Scottish Railway (EWS). Later in 1996, the remaining Railfreight division Distributions was also purchased and merged with EWS.
English, Welsh & Scottish Railway
DB Schenker UK
In 2007, Deutsche Bahn purchased EWS. At the time it was stated the company would retain its existing identity, however in 2009 the company rebranded to match its new parent company.
DB Cargo UK
In 2016, the company was renamed DB Cargo UK with only the DB logo generally used.
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Chiltern | East Anglia (Stansted Express) | East Midlands | Essex Thameside | Greater Western | InterCity East Coast | InterCity West Coast | Merseyrail | New Cross Country | Northern | ScotRail | South Eastern | South Western (Island Line) | Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern (Gatwick Express) | TransPennine | Wales and Borders | West Midlands
Defunct British Rail sectors