According to a letter received by a colleague today, English Welsh and Scottish Railway is being re-named DB Schenker, part of Deutsche Bahn AG. Full text of the letter reproduced below:
I don't know how long it's been up, but there are some interesting visuals at www.ews-railway.co.uk - that single line with overhead doesn't look very real! Interesting liveries though -- I wonder how long models will take to appear?DB Schenker - the new name for EWS
Last year Deutsche Bahn AG, the German rail operator, acquired EWS, Britain's largest rail freight operator, in order to establish a stronger European rail freight network.
Over the last few months we have been doing exactly that; integrating EWS into DB Schenker, the name of Deutsche Bahn's transportation and logistics division, to make a stronger European rail freight network. This work will be completed on the 1 January 2009 with the launch of a new operating structure for the rail freight services provided by DB Schenker in Europe and the launch of the new name.
Three new operating regions, called West, Central and East, will manage DB Schenker's rail freight services across Europe. The existing management team at EWS will be responsible for the West region, including Britain, France and Spain. In addition, on the 1 January 2009, EWS will be renamed DB Schenker.
The change in name will have no impact on existing contracts or commercial arrangements. However, you will see all our documentation change its branding from EWS to DB Schenker. We will also change our company name from that of 'English Welsh & Scottish Railway Limited' to that of 'DB Schenker Rail (UK) Limited'. Otherwise, it is business as usual, with the new opportunities provided for our customers from the stronger European rail freight network. If you have any queries, please let me know.