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Question: What would you call the new "Network Rail"  (Voting closed: March 03, 2021, 03:31:41 pm)
Around by Rail - 0 (0%)
Britain's Trains - 0 (0%)
British Railways - 23 (53.5%)
English Rail - 1 (2.3%)
Go! Rail - 1 (2.3%)
Great British Rail - 5 (11.6%)
Network Rail - 11 (25.6%)
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« on: February 26, 2021, 03:31:41 pm »

From within a Rail News article

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Although Mr Williams gave more hints than details, Sir Peter did reveal that one change could be ahead for Network Rail: ‘We wouldn’t want the name continued, and we certainly don’t want some of its reputation or history or costs … maybe it’s easier to turn it into something different than start afresh. We don’t want some of the bad reputation [it] had for failing to listen and being very expensive.’

Just for fun - what name(s) would you choose from?  Choose up to four ... and coming up with the ideas showed me just how hard it is to find a name!

Although the comment is there will be a new name, I have include the current one and one we've had before just in case members feel we should stay as we are.  Members are welcome to post new ideas too.

And I say "just for fun" ... but I have no objection should the powers that read this and say "what a good idea" ... my fee is ...
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« Reply #1 on: February 26, 2021, 04:11:38 pm »

Could I suggest a slight contraction of one of the existing choices ?  I think "G'Rail" would be most suitable. Then people could also waste their time looking for this mythical and wondrous entity for the next two thousand years .........just like its almost identically named fabulous object of desire.
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« Reply #2 on: February 26, 2021, 04:23:37 pm »

What an interesting challenge!

A cartoon did the rounds in 1923; a GWR (Great Western Railway) porter has just seen the 'Grouping' express speed through his station. "Never even blew me hat orft!", he says, before presumably carrying on as usual. So I neither know nor much care what they call the railway in lesser regions, as long as here it remains (as God himself ordained) the Great Western.
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« Reply #3 on: February 26, 2021, 04:33:05 pm »

Railcracked?
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« Reply #4 on: February 26, 2021, 05:04:11 pm »

While I sympathise with the idea of a new name now that NR» (Network Rail - home page) is (effectively) running the whole show with the old TOC (Train Operating Company)'s just providing websites staff and uniforms, (so I voted for British Railways - let's revert to their wonderful "British Rail era" clear black on white signage!), I am depressed that someone thinks that changing the name will make much difference.

Ironically, for the vast majority of folk, my guess is that they have almost no opinion on NR or its performance. The customer facing TOCs were the targets of their ire, whoever might have been ultimately responsible for the last delay/cancellation/failure to communicate that caused them inconvenience and frustration.

Perhaps (whatever they end up being called) their strapline should be "yes - it's our fault!"
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« Reply #5 on: February 26, 2021, 05:12:33 pm »

The choice English Rail implies complete devolution to Scotland and Wales. 
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« Reply #6 on: February 26, 2021, 05:54:15 pm »

Trains R Us
Rail is Us
UK (United Kingdom) Rail
Rail UK
The Great British Inland and Overseas Railway Transportation Corporation
Railly Great
BritTrain
TraSiSta*
Track'n'Treck
Trantrain
Britrak
Her Majesty's Railway Service
Royal Rail
Railgo!

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« Reply #7 on: February 26, 2021, 06:19:50 pm »

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« Reply #8 on: February 26, 2021, 06:36:02 pm »

How about something boring like The Rail Authority - After all those signs on bridges say that is who to phone if you damage the bridge. So no need for expensive sign changes. 
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« Reply #9 on: February 26, 2021, 07:24:01 pm »

Bmblbzzz went all round Track and Train quite without landing on it.
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« Reply #10 on: February 26, 2021, 11:18:26 pm »

Ah! And no-one's suggested Raily McRailface or Trainy McTrainface yet...
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« Reply #11 on: February 27, 2021, 09:03:33 am »

Trains R Us
Rail is Us
UK (United Kingdom) Rail
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An excellent set of ideas which reminds me why I am NOT involved I'm marketing - thank you.  I also posted onto Facebook (to flag up to members ...) and that generated a lot of responses onto a share of the post ... no less that 56 comments

https://www.facebook.com/groups/12135242142/permalink/10157539017912143


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« Reply #12 on: February 27, 2021, 12:19:50 pm »

At times of disruption - FailRail or SnailRail
Prisoner transportation service - JailRail
In Wales - WalesRails
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« Reply #13 on: February 27, 2021, 07:34:03 pm »

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« Reply #14 on: February 28, 2021, 10:40:23 am »

And the muppet(s) in charge believe that a, no doubt very expensive, rebrand when the UK (United Kingdom) economy is just about to vanish round a very large u-bend is a brilliant idea because.....

(Obviously I have just voted to retain the existing name. If they keep it the government can then afford to cancel the annual fare rise.  Grin)
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