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A (hopefully) comprehensive listing

Last update 10 October 2017

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Introduction | Rail franchise operators | TOC timetable codes | Light rail system operators

This page gives a quick and easy decoder between GB timetable code and the relevant operator.  Codes were introduced by BR with the 29 September 1996 timetable for its internal train operating units (TOUs) that later became the first privatised TOCs.  Dates and other information are given on the franchises page.

Codes are given alphabetically by code and subsequently alphabetically by company.

GB timetable code Company
AM Arriva Trains Merseyside
AN Arriva Trains Northern
AR Anglia Railways
ATW Arriva Trains Wales [erroneous code]
AW Arriva Trains Wales
CA Cardiff Railway Co
CC c2c
CH Chiltern Railways
CS Caledonian Sleeper
CT Central Trains
CX Connex [South Central and South Eastern]
CX Connex South Eastern
DC Devon & Cornwall Railway
EC Great North Eastern Railway
EC InterCity East Coast
EM East Midlands Trains
EP European Passenger Services
EP Eurostar (UK)
ES Eurostar International
ES Eurostar (UK)
FC First Capital Connect
GC Grand Central
GE First Great Eastern
GE Great Eastern
GE Great Eastern Railway
GL First Great Western Link
GL Heathrow Connect
GN Great Northern
GR East Coast
GR Great North Eastern Railway
GR National Express East Coast/NXEC
GR Virgin Trains East Coast
GW First Great Western
GW Great Western Railway
GW Great Western Trains
GWR Great Western Railway [erroneous code]
GX Gatwick Express
HC Heathrow Connect
HT First Hull Trains
HT Hull Trains
HX Heathrow Express
IL Island Line
LE Abellio Greater Anglia
LE Greater Anglia
LE National Express East Anglia/NXEA
LE 'one'
LM London Midland
LM West Midlands Trains
LN Great North Western Railway
LO London Overground
LR Network Rail [On Track Plant]
LT London Transport
LT London Underground
ME Merseyrail
ME Merseyrail Electrics
ML Midland Main Line
ML Midland Mainline
NL North London Railways
NR Network Rail
NS Network SouthCentral
NS Northern Spirit
NT Northern
NT Northern Rail
NW First North Western
NW North Western Trains
NW North West Regional Railways
NY North Yorkshire Moors Railway
RE Regional Railways North East
RT Railtrack
SC Connex South Central
SC South Central
SE Connex South Eastern
SE The South Eastern Train Co
SE South Eastern Trains
SE Southeastern
SJ Stagecoach Supertram
SN South Central
SN Southern
SP Swanage Railway
SR First Scotrail
SR ScotRail
SS Silverlink Train Services
SW South Western Railway
SW South West Trains
SX Stansted Express
TL Thameslink
TP First TransPennine Express
TP TransPennine Express
TT First Great Western Link
TT Thames Trains
TW [Tyne & Wear] Metro
VL Cardiff Railway Co
VL Valley Lines
VT Virgin Trains [West Coast and CrossCountry]
VT Virgin West Coast
WB Wales & Borders Trains
WC InterCity West Coast
WC Virgin West Coast
WE Wessex Trains
WN WAGN Railway
WN Wagn Railway
WN Wagn
WN West Anglia Great Northern
WR West Coast Railways
WS Wrexham Shropshire & Marylebone Railway
WW South Wales & West
WW Wales & West
XC CrossCountry
XC Virgin CrossCountry
XM Christmas Special [spoof code]
XR Crossrail
XS Stobart Rail
ZZ Freight and miscellaneous operators

Introduction | Rail franchise operators | TOC timetable codes | Light rail system operators