Prior to privatisation, Network SouthEast was split into eleven separate companies. One of which was named Great Eastern.
First Great Eastern
In 1997, FirstGroup rebranded Great Eastern to bring it in line with its then new corporate look.
In 1999 the corporate look was revised to match FirstGroup's bus operations. In 2004, the Great Eastern franchise was merged with the InterCity Anglia franchise and the West Anglia half of the West Anglia Great Northern franchise to become the Greater Anglia franchise.
| Current franchises|
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