Network SouthEast

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Franchise(s): Not subject to franchising
Main region(s): London
Other region(s): South East
Fleet size: Carriages:6700 (1986)
Stations called at: 930 (1986)
Parent company: British Rail
Two units, one in NSE livery, while the other in Jaffa Cake livery.
A train in modified NSE livery with rounded corners.
Transitional scene from BR Blue (the train) to NSE (the signage, train sticker) at Farnborough North railway station

Network SouthEast (NSE) was one of three passenger sectors of British Rail created in 1982. NSE principally operated commuter trains in the London area and inter-urban services in densely populated South East England. Before 1986, the sector was known as London & South Eastern.

Privatisation[change | change source]

After privatisation, NSE was divided up into several franchises:

Original franchise Route(s) Currently
LTS Rail London, Tilbury and Southend rebranded c2c
Chiltern Railways (management) Chiltern unchanged
Great Eastern Railway Great Eastern rebranded as First Great Eastern, then merged into larger franchise operated by National Express East Anglia, then passed on to Greater Anglia in 2012
Thames Trains North Downs
Thames section (Gatwick/Redhill - Dorking/Guildford/Reading)
merged into larger franchise operated by First Great Western
Island Line Island Line operated by Stagecoach South Western Trains, but is still called Island Line
North London Railways Northampton Line
North London Line
rebranded as Silverlink, later split up into two franchises operated by London Midland (Northampton) and London Overground (N.London)
South Eastern Kent Coast, Kent Link, North Downs (Tonbridge- Redhill section) rebranded by original franchisee Connex as Connex South Eastern, then passed to South Eastern Trains, then to Southeastern
Network SouthCentral South London Line
Sussex Coast
rebranded by original franchisee Connex as Connex South Central, then passed to Southern
Thameslink Thameslink merged into larger franchise operated by First Capital Connect
WAGN Great Northern
West Anglia
split with GN merged into First Capital Connect and WA merged into National Express East Anglia, then passed on to Greater Anglia
South West Trains Solent & Wessex
South Western Line
West of England Line
operated by Stagecoach South Western Trains, but is still called South West Trains