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Great Western Railway (GWR) is a British train operating company owned by FirstGroup. It provides the majority of commuter and outer-suburban services from its Central London terminus at London Paddington to West London and the Thames Valley region including Berkshire, parts of Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire along with long-distance inter-city services via the Great Western Main Line to South West England and South Wales. It also provides regional services throughout the South West of England and to the south coast of England, and the Night Riviera sleeper service.

The company commenced operating on 4 February 1996 as Great Western Trains as part of the privatisation of British Rail, and in December 1998 became First Great Western<ref>Companies House extract company no 5113733 First Greater Western Limited</ref> after FirstGroup bought out its partners' shares in Great Western Holdings. On 1 April 2006, First Great Western, First Great Western Link and Wessex Trains were combined into the new Greater Western franchise and brought under the First Great Western brand. On 20 September 2015, FirstGroup commenced operating an extended franchise that will run until 30 March 2019. To coincide with the new franchise, the franchise was rebranded GWR and a new livery introduced.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>

Great Western Railway operates 208 stations, and its services call at over 270.<ref name="First Great Western-Stations">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> Intercity trains operate to/from Bristol, Weston-super-Mare, Taunton, Paignton, Plymouth, Penzance, Cardiff, Swansea, Carmarthen, Cheltenham and Hereford. The operator serves 19 counties in England, including all counties in South West England, and 9 in Wales.


Great Western Railway (train operating company) sections
Intro  Evolution of the franchise  Routes  Livery  Performance  Rolling stock  Fleet refurbishment  Depots  Electrification  See also  References  External links  

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Great Western Railway (GWR) is a British train operating company owned by FirstGroup. It provides the majority of commuter and outer-suburban services from its Central London terminus at London Paddington to West London and the Thames Valley region including Berkshire, parts of Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire along with long-distance inter-city services via the Great Western Main Line to South West England and South Wales. It also provides regional services throughout the South West of England and to the south coast of England, and the Night Riviera sleeper service.

The company commenced operating on 4 February 1996 as Great Western Trains as part of the privatisation of British Rail, and in December 1998 became First Great Western<ref>Companies House extract company no 5113733 First Greater Western Limited</ref> after FirstGroup bought out its partners' shares in Great Western Holdings. On 1 April 2006, First Great Western, First Great Western Link and Wessex Trains were combined into the new Greater Western franchise and brought under the First Great Western brand. On 20 September 2015, FirstGroup commenced operating an extended franchise that will run until 30 March 2019. To coincide with the new franchise, the franchise was rebranded GWR and a new livery introduced.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>

Great Western Railway operates 208 stations, and its services call at over 270.<ref name="First Great Western-Stations">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> Intercity trains operate to/from Bristol, Weston-super-Mare, Taunton, Paignton, Plymouth, Penzance, Cardiff, Swansea, Carmarthen, Cheltenham and Hereford. The operator serves 19 counties in England, including all counties in South West England, and 9 in Wales.


Great Western Railway (train operating company) sections
Intro  Evolution of the franchise  Routes  Livery  Performance  Rolling stock  Fleet refurbishment  Depots  Electrification  See also  References  External links  

PREVIOUS: IntroNEXT: Evolution of the franchise
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