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The Big Four Railway Companies

In 1923 the majority of railway companies in Britain were grouped into the “The Big Four”. The four companies were the London Midland and Scottish Railway (LMS), the London and North Eastern Railway (LNER), the Great Western Railway (GWR) and the Southern Railway (SR). This amalgamation, which became known as the Grouping involved over 100 railway companies, more than 20,000 route miles and 24,550 locomotives.

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