Railfreight was a British Rail sector specialising in freight transport.
In 1987, a new corporate branding scheme was introduced. In addition, sub-sectors were created, each with its own speciality.
In 1989, services operated under the General banner were merged with Distribution. In 1994, Railfreight was split into various separate companies in preparation for privatisation. Coals, Construction, Metals, Petroleum and part of Distribution were reorganised into three new region-based companies; Loadhaul, Mainline Freight and Transrail. The remaining part of Distribution continued to operate until 1996.
| 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