AmtrakFan wrote:Who ownes the Ex-WC line in England that the Wisconsin Central Railroad owned before they were brought by CN?
Wisconsin Central did not I think own English, Welsh and Scottish Railway completely. The part they owned is now owned by Canadian National. I understand from the railway press that they want to sell it. I don't know who they want to sell it to. From a visit to Wisconsin I notice that the EWSR locomotives use the same colour scheme as in Wisconsin.
EWSR runs freight trains, both within Britain and through the tunnel. There are other, smaller freight companies. Direct Rail Services used to be exclusively for moving nuclear materials about but now carries other things. Freightliner specialises in containers. GB Rail also carries freight, and some mail.
The track is owned by Network Rail, a company whose ownership is not entirely clear. It has no shareholders and is not for profit. In the end most people think the government is answerable. EWSR and the other freight companies have to apply for slots to run trains. Most slots are occupied by passenger trains. Network Rail makes the complete timetable for the whole system. Every freight train has to be timetabled.