If we find out Chris Grayling or one of his chums owns Hornby, we can assume he's done it so they can make ££££s selling a bunch of class 43s / 91s etc. with new stripes on 'em....
I find the odds of that very, very unlikely somehow...
Well the LNER was the least rich of the big four apparently... Maybe something to do with a lack of population in the areas it served?
Ah yes, the East Coast Mainline serves those tiny places like Leeds, Newcastle and Edinburgh
Whilst they're not exactly the biggest cities in the world, they ain't exactly the smallest. Especially when the Leeds/West Yorks urban area for example serves 1.7 million people - The Midland Mainline serves smaller population centres, and EMT are doing fairly okay.
Interesting that you guys managed to nationalize the TOCs while the trees are still in power.
The East Coast ran as a nationalised railway from 2009 to 2015, which includes 5 years of Tory Government (2010-2015), where they were happy to let the nationalised railway continue. The East Coast had to be nationalised here, VTEC couldn't hit their financial obligations, which probably upset the DfT somewhat, and was causing both Stagecoach and Virgin to take losses on the service.
Get the roses in and perhaps it'll be permanent ?
No thanks, give me a semi-privatised railway (which is basically what we have) any day. NR can continue to own the tracks for me too, because we all saw what happened when we tried to privatise those.
The funniest thing I find about this whole East Coast farce is the amount of money that VTEC must have spent on marketing material for the "Azumas", and now they will never operate one in passenger service. I hope that the new franchise will drop the stupid name however.