This is something that has interested me for a number of years and some threads on here just exacerbate my mystification regarding this - bear with me on this. Why do people still get so passionate (and in other cases angry) about other railway companies when nationalisation was over 60 years ago and why did they choose their own example (if they were lucky enough to choose)? I will always have affection for the GWR having been born into a Swindon family where my predecessors served the GWR (and then WR) for 3 generations before me. However I am now in my mid thirties (1975 born) and thus never even knew steam on the national system let alone had any contact with the GWR. Therefore whilst I cannot deny a GWR bias (sure it never shows) I just love steam and would travel to see anything. However I read some really strong vitriol on here at times against the GWR (and others I hasten to add), and don’t understand how people (especially those my age and below) can still feel so strongly about something that happened so many years ago, and in many cases they never experienced firsthand? Apologies I have put this so dreadfully, but I am just interested how people have reached the positions they hold on such matters. Mods feel free to move etc if this is in the wrong place – let me know if you do though as if I come back and its gone I will get jolly confused!