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It is easy to be rude about British Rail. And, it has to be said, a fair percentage of the abuse aimed in its direction has been earned. Delays, cancellations, overcrowding, high fares and even new trains that could not cope with the wrong type of snow have all meant that praise for BR chairman Sir Bob Reid and his colleagues has been a rare commodity.However, BR's 10-year plan - called Future Rail and published on Tuesday - is a very welcome development. As Sir Bob says, it is an attempt ...

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