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Company

Authorised

From

To

Length (miles)

Opened

Closed

Comments

Bishop’s Castle Railway (BCR)

1861

Craven Arms (SHR)

Montgomery (ONR)

19½

N/A

N/A

The only part constructed was Stretford Bridge Junction – Bishop’s Castle.

Agreement to use –

·         SHR station at Craven Arms

·         SHR line from Craven Arms Station to Stretford Bridge Junction.

 

SO432830  Craven Arms Station (SHR)

SO431845  Stretford Bridge Junction (SHR)

SO409868  Horderley

SO381876  Plowden

SO375896  Eaton

SO348904  Junction of Bishop’s Castle Branch

     SO325887  Bishop’s Castle

SO346906  Lydham Heath

1865

Chirbury

Minsterley (SWR)

N/A

N/A

1865

Craven Arms (SHR)

Bishop’s Castle

4

1866

1935

Bridgnorth Cliff Railway (BR)

1891

Bridgnorth Low Town

Bridgnorth High Town

¼

1892

-

SO718930  Lower Town

SO717931  Upper Town

Bridgnorth, Wolverhampton & Staffordshire Railway (BWSR)

1866

Bridgnorth

Wolverhampton

Gornal

21

N/A

N/A

Not constructed

 

Cambrian Railways (CR)

Acquired CWKR1864

Acquired ONR 1864

Acquired OEWR 1864

Acquired TVLR 1921

Acquired WER 1922

Included in GWR Group 1923

Central Wales & Knighton Railway (CWKR)

Acquired KR 1863

Became part of CR in 1864

Cleobury Mortimer & Ditton Priors Light Railway (CMDPLR)

1906

Cleobury Mortimer (TBR)

Ditton Priors

12¼

1908

1960

Agreement to use :-

·         TBR station at Cleobury Mortimer

·         TBR line between Cleobury Mortimer Station and Cleobury Mortimer Junction

Included in GWR Group 1923

 

SO702754  Cleobury Mortimer (TBR)

SO702754  Cleobury Mortimer Junction (TBR)

SO680769  Cleobury Town Halt

SO676783  Neen Savage

SO664792  Detton Mill

SO659809  Farlow

SO655827  Stottesdon

SO637846  Aston Botterell

SO632857  Burwarton Halt

SO624872  Cleobury North

SO616884  Naval Armaments Depot

SO612893  Ditton Priors

Crewe & Shrewsbury Railway (CSR)

1853

Crewe

Shrewsbury

32½

1858

-

Agreement to use :

  • GWR/LNWR station at Shrewsbury

Acquired by LNWR 1853

 

SJ550414  Whitchurch

SJ552388  Prees Camp Junction

SJ537338  Prees

SJ517290  Wem

SJ505237  Yorton

SJ518198  Hadnall

SJ495129  Shrewsbury General (GWR/LNWR)

Drayton Junction Railway (DJR)

1864

Prees & Whitchurch (LNWR)

Market Drayton

Stafford

(SSR)

32¼

N/A

N/A

Not constructed

1865

Prees

Bettisfield

(OEWR + CSR)

N/A

N/A

Great Western Railway (GWR)

1861

Madeley Junction (SBR)

Lightmoor Junction (WSJR)

2

1862

-

Agreement to use –

·         SBR line at Madeley Junction

·         WSJR line at Lightmoor Junction

Acquired SBR 1854

Acquired SCR 1854

Acquired MJBR 1861

Acquired WSJR 1861

Acquired LCHR 1864

Acquired SWR 1865 (½ share)

Acquired TBR 1869 (½ share)

Acquired SHR 1871 (½ share)

Acquired SVR 1877

Acquired WDR 1877

Acquired MWSJR 1896

Acquired WCALER 1896

Acquired NMDR 1897

Included in GWR Group 1923

Nationalised 1948

 

SJ719085 Madeley Junction (SBR)

SJ698054 Madeley Salop Station 

SJ682051  Lightmoor Junction (WSJR)

Knighton Railway (KR)

1858

Craven Arms

(SHR)

Knighton

12

1861

-

Agreement to use –

·         SHR station at Craven Arms

·         SHR line from Craven Arms Station to Central Wales Junction.

Became part of CWKR 1863

 

SO432830  Craven Arms (SHR)

SO432826  Central Wales Junction (SHR)

SO399810  Broome

SO380774  Hoptonheath

SO355737  Bucknell

SO291724  Knighton

London & North Western Railway (LNWR)

1857

Hadley Junction (SSR)

Coalport East

8

1860

1964

Agreement to use :-

·         SSR line at Hadley Junction

Acquired CSR 1853

Acquired CBR 1860

Acquired SWR 1865 (½ share)

Acquired TBR 1869 (½ share)

Acquired WTR 1870

Acquired SHR 1871 (½ share)

Acquired SSR 1922

Included in LMS Group 1923

Nationalised 1948

 

SJ677123  Hadley Junction (SSR)

SJ692117  Wombridge Halt

SJ698109  Oakengates Market Street

SJ695085  Malinslee

SJ695067  Dawley & Stirchley

SJ700043  Madeley Market

SJ702022  Coalport East

Much Wenlock & Severn Junction Railway (MWSJR)

1859

Buildwas Junction

(SVR)

Much Wenlock

1861

1963

Forms part of WCAR

Acquired by GWR 1896

 

SJ652041  Buildwas

SJ633022  Farley Halt

SJ624003  Much Wenlock (WCALER)

Nantwich & Market Drayton Railway (NMDR)

1861

Market Drayton

Nantwich (CSR)

10

1863

1967

Acquired by GWR 1897

 

SJ672348  Market Drayton (WDR & SMDR)

SJ674352  Silverdale Junction

SJ662402  Adderley

Continues in Cheshire

Oswestry & Newtown Railway (ONR)

1855

Oswestry

Newtown

30

1860

1965

Acquired by CR 1864

Part re-opened 2006 by Cambrian Railways Trust as a heritage railway.

 

SJ294297  Oswestry (SCR)

SJ286243  Llynclys Junction

     SJ271242  Porthywaen Quarries

SJ284240  Llynclys

SJ284239  Llynclys South

SJ280229  Penygarreg Lane Halt

SJ280229  Pant

SJ272213  Llanfyllin Junction

     Llanfyllin line continues in Wales

SJ271210  Llanymynech North Junction (SNWR)

SJ271210  Llanymynech

SJ271207  Llanymynech South Junction (SNWR)

 1860

Llynclys

Porthywaen Quarries

1863

1988

1861

Llanymynech

Llanfyllin

15

1863

1965

Oswestry, Ellesmere & Whitchurch Railway (OEWR)

1861

Oswestry

Whitchurch (CSR)

11

1863

1966

Agreement to use :-

·         LNWR station at Whitchurch

·         SCR station at Oswestry

·         LNWR line between Whitchurch Station and Cambrian Junction

·         SCR line between Oswestry Junction and Oswestry Station

Wem branch not constructed

Acquired by CR 1864

 

SJ294297  Oswestry (SCR)

SJ297301  Oswestry Junction (SCR)

SJ315309  Tinker's Green

SJ321312  Whittington High Level

SJ365345  Frankton

SJ396351  Ellesmere

SJ393349  Ellesmere Junction (WER)

SJ438357  Welshampton

SJ460359  Bettisfield

SJ509390  Fenn’s Bank

SJ550412  Cambrian Junction (CSR)

SJ550414  Whitchurch (CSR)

1862

Ellesmere

Wem (LNWR)

N/A

N/A

Potteries Junction Railway (PJR)

1862

Newcastle-under-Lyme

Shrewsbury

26

N/A

N/A

Not constructed

Potteries Shrewsbury & North Wales Railway (PSNWR)

Acquired SNWR 1866

Acquired SPJR 1866

Presteign Clun & Bishop’s Castle Railway (PCBCR)

1866

Presteign

Craven Arms (CWKR)

19¾

N/A

N/A

Not constructed

Severn Valley Railway (SVR)

1853

Hartlebury

Shrewsbury

40¼

1862

1963

Agreement to use :–

·         MWSJR station at Buildwas Junction

·         GWR/LNWR station at Shrewsbury

·         WCALER line between Albert Edward Bridge Junction and Buildwas Junction.

·         SWR line between Sutton Bridge Junction and Severn Bridge Junction South.

Acquired by GWR 1877

Part re-opened 1970 by Severn Valley Railway Co Ltd as a heritage railway

 

Continues from Worcestershire

SO749831  Highley

SO747839  Alveley Halt

SO746842  Country Park Halt

SO745863  Hampton Loade

SO730894  Eardington Halt

SO715926  Bridgnorth

SO705984  Linley Halt

SJ701020  Coalport West

SJ692025  Jackfield Halt

SJ672033  Ironbridge & Broseley

SJ659037  Albert Edward Bridge Junction (WCALER)

SJ652041  Buildwas Junction (WCALER)

SJ652041  Buildwasn (MWSJR)

SJ592042  Cressage

SJ572050  Cound Halt

SJ536074  Berrington

SJ499117  Sutton Bridge Junction (SWR)

SJ497125 Severn Bridge Junction South (GWR/LNWR)

SJ495129  Shrewsbury General (GWR/LNWR)

Shrewsbury & Birmingham Railway (SBR)

1847

Shrewsbury

Birmingham

Branch to Madeley

29½

1849

-

Agreement to use :-

·         GWR/LNWR station at Shrewsbury General

·         GWR/LNWR line from Severn Bridge Junction East to Shrewsbury Station

Line from Shrewsbury to Wellington Junction shared with SSR

Acquired by GWR 1854

 

SJ495129  Shrewsbury General (GWR/LNWR)

SJ497127  Severn Bridge Junction East (GWR/LNWR)

SJ501127  Shrewsbury Abbey Foregate

SJ508126  Haughmond Junction (SNWR)

SJ555119  Upton Magna

SJ595119  Walcot

SJ630127  Admaston Halt

SJ644117  Drayton Junction (WDR)

SJ652116  Wellington

SJ661115  Wellington Junction (SSR)

SJ671115  Ketley Junction (WSJR)

SJ696107  Oakengates

SJ703093  Telford

SJ720085  Madeley Junction (GWR)

SJ750077  Shifnal

SJ797053  Cosford

SJ819045  Albrighton

Continues as Staffordshire

Shrewsbury & Chester Railway (SCR)

1845

Shrewsbury

Oswestry & Chester

46

1846

-

Agreement to use :-

·         GWR/LNWR station at Shrewsbury

·         ONR station at Oswestry

Acquired by  GWR 1854

All stations except Shrewsbury and Gobowen closed 1960

 

SJ495129  Shrewsbury General (GWR/LNWR)

SJ474188  Leaton

SJ456202  Oldwoods Halt

SJ430226  Baschurch

SJ414241  Stanwardine Halt

SJ371270  Haughton

SJ354275  Rednal & West Felton

SJ321311  Whittington Low Level

SJ305331  Gobowen Junction

     SJ294297  Oswestry (ONR)

SJ303334  Gobowen

Continues in Wales

Shrewsbury & Hereford Railway (SHR)

1846

Shrewsbury

Hereford

51

1852

-

Agreement to use :-

·         GWR/LNWR station at Shrewsbury

·         GWR/LNWR line between Shrewsbury Station and Severn Bridge Junction South

Acquired by GWR and LNWR 1871

 

SJ495129  Shrewsbury General (GWR/LNWR)

SJ497125 Severn Bridge Junction South (GWR/LNWR)

SJ499117  Sutton Bridge Junction (SWR)

SO484064  Condover

SO480033  Dorrington

SO474988  Leebotwood

SO464955  All Stretton Halt

SO456936  Church Stretton

SO446919  Little Stretton Halt

SO442897  Marshbrook

SO446881  Marsh Farm Junction (WCALER))

SO436854  Wistanstow Halt (WCALER)

SO431845  Stretford Bridge Junction (BCR)

SO432830  Craven Arms

SO432826  Central Wales Junction (KR)

SO453791  Onibury

SO486775 Bromfield

SO511755  Ludlow Junction (LCHR)

SO514750  Ludlow

SO518706  Ashford Bowdler

SO515685  Woofferton Junction (TBR)

SO514683  Woofferton

Continues in Worcestershire

Shrewsbury & North Wales Railway (SNWR)

1862

Westbury (SWR)

Llanymynech (ONR)

13¾

N/A

N/A

Agreement to use :-

·         ONR station at Llanymynech

·         SWR station at Redhill

·         ONR line between Llanymynech North Junction and Llanymynech South Junction

·         SWR line between Hereford Road Junction and Redhill Junction

·         SBR line at Haughmond Junction

Acquired by PSNWR 1866

Nantmawr branch leased by CR & TVLR 1900

Part at Natnawr re-opened 2004 by Tanat Valley Light Railway as a heritage railway.

Shrewsbury Abbey station being restored in 2011 by Shrewsbury Railway Heritage Trust as a railway museum.

 

SJ499124  Shrewsbury Abbey

SJ502118  Coleham Junction

     SJ508126  Haughmond Junction (SBR)

SJ494113  Hereford Road Junction (SWR)

SJ493113  Shrewsbury West Station (SWR)

SJ486109  Meole Brace (SWR)

SJ470097  Hookagate & Redhill (SWR)

SJ464096  Redhill Junction (SWR)

SJ459097  Redhill Sidings Junction

SJ453102  Hanwood Road

SJ440113  Cruckton

SJ419126  Shoot Hill Halt

SJ411132  Ford & Crossgates

SJ390158  Shrawardine

SJ369178  Nescliffe & Pentre

SJ349194  Edgerley Halt

SJ338199  Kinnersley

SJ337199  Criggion Junction

     SJ332182  Chapel Lane Halt

     SJ334169  Melverley

     SJ326157  Crew Green

     SJ308158  Llandrinio Road Halt

     SJ296151  Criggion

     SJ289144  Criggion Quarry

SJ317204  Wern Las Halt

SJ302207  Maesbrook

SJ271210  Llanymynech North Junction (ONR)

SJ271210  Llanymynech (ONR)

     SJ271207  Llanymynech South Junction (ONR)

     SJ250229  Blodwel Junction (TVLR)

     SJ252230  Llanyblodwell (TVLR)

     SJ255233  Llanddu Junction (TVLR)

     SJ249243  Nantmawr Limekilns

1864

Shrewsbury

Llanymynech (ONR)

18¾

1866

1960

1866

Llanymynech (ONR)

Nantmawr

4

1866

1989

1866

Kinnerley

Criggion

1872

1960

Shrewsbury & Potteries Junction Railway (SPJR)

1865

Market Drayton (WDR)

Junctions with CSR, SWR, SVR, SHR

23½

N/A

N/A

Not constructed

Company acquired by PSNWR 1866

Shrewsbury & Stafford Railway (SSR)

1845

Shrewsbury

Stafford

29¼

1849

1969*

Agreement to use :-

·         GWR/LNWR station at Shrewsbury

·         GWR/LNWR line between Shrewsbury Station and Severn Bridge Junction South

·         SBR stations at Abbey Foregate, Upton Magna, Walcot, Admaston and Wellington

·         SBR line between Severn Bridge Junction and Wellington Junction

Acquired by SURCC 1849

Acquired by LNWR 1922

*  Line from Wellington Junction to Donnington still open to serve Donnington Army Depot.

 

SJ495129  Shrewsbury General (GWR/LNWR)

SJ497127  Severn Bridge Junction East (GWR/LNWR)

SJ501127  Abbey Foregate (SBR)

SJ508126  Haughmond Junction (SNWR)

SJ555119  Upton Magna (SBR)

SJ595119  Walcot (SBR)

SJ630127  Admaston (SBR)

SJ644117  Drayton Junction (WDR)

SJ652116  Wellington (SBR)

SJ661115  Wellington Junction (SBR)

SJ672122  Hadley

SJ677123  Hadley Junction (LNWR)

SJ687128  Trench Crossing

SJ708143  Donnington

SJ750183  Newport

Continues in Staffordshire

Shrewsbury & Welshpool Railway (SWR)

1856

Shrewsbury

Welshpool (ONR)

16¼

1862

-

Agreement to use :-

·         GWR/LNWR station at Shrewsbury

·         GWR/LNWR line between Shrewsbury Station and Severn Bridge Junction South

Acquired by GWR & LNWR 1865 (½ share)

 

SJ495129  Shrewsbury General (GWR/MNWR)

SJ497125 Severn Bridge Junction South (GWR/LNWR)

SJ499117  Sutton Bridge Junction (SHR & SVR)

SJ494113  Hereford Road Junction (SNWR)

SJ493113  Shrewsbury West

SJ486109  Meole Brace

SJ470097  Hookagate & Redhill

SJ464096  Redhill Junction (SNWR)

SJ440096  Hanwood

SJ432092  Hanwood Junction

     SJ418076  Plealey Road

     SJ398063  Pontesbury

     SJ394064  Pontesbury Junction (SDR)

          SJ393063  Transfer Sidings (SDR)

     SJ376052  Minsterley

SJ404102  Yockleton Halt

SJ347110  Westbury

SJ315124  Plas-y-Court Halt

Continues in Wales

1856

Shrewsbury

Minsterley

5

1861

1965

Shrewsbury & Wolverhampton, Dudley & Birmingham Railway (SWDBR)

Changed name to SBR 1847

Shropshire & Montgomeryshire Railway (SMR)

Another name for SNWR

Shropshire Railways (SR)

Another name for SNWR

Stoke & Market Drayton Railway (SMDR)

1859

Market Drayton

Stoke

12

1870

1966

Agreement to use :-

·         NMDR station at Market Drayton

·         NMDR line between Silverdale Junction and Market Drayton Station

 

SJ672348  Market Drayton (NMDR & WDR)

SJ674352  Silverdale Junction (NMDR)

SJ700390  Norton-in-Hales

SJ737408  Pipe Gate

Continues in Staffordshire

Tanat Valley Light Railway (TVLR)

1897

Llynclys Junction

Llangynog

15

1903

1964

Agreement to use :-

·         SNWR station at Llanyblodwel Halt

·         ONR line between Llynclys Junction and Porthywaen Junction.

·         SNWR line between Llanddu Junction and Blodwel Junction.

Acquired by CR 1921

Name used by a new trust for a heritage railway – see SNWR.

 

SJ286243  Llynclys Junction (ONR)

SJ271242  Porthywaen Junction (ONR)

SJ271241  Porthywaen

SJ255233  Llanddu Junction (SNWR)

SJ252230  Llanyblodwell (SNWR)

SJ250229  Blodwel Junction (SNWR)

SJ227238  Glan-yr-Afon

Continues in Wales

Tenbury Railway (TR)

Another name for TBR

Tenbury & Bewdley Railway (TBR)

1859

Tenbury

Bewdley (SVR)

19¼

1861-64

1964

Acquired by GWR & LNWR 1869

 

Continued from Herefordshire

SO514683  Woofferton (SHR)

SO515685  Woofferton Junction (SHR)

SO555681  Easton Court

SO592689  Tenbury Wells

SO641693  Newnham Bridge

SO662720  Neen Sollars

SO702754  Cleobury Mortimer

Continues in Worcestershire

Wellington & Drayton Railway (WDR)

1862

Wellington (GWR)

Drayton (NMDR)

15½

1867

1967

Agreement to use :-

·         SBR station at Wellington

·         NMDR station at Market Drayton

·         SBR line between Wellington Station and Market Drayton Junction

Acquired by GWR 1877

 

SJ652116  Wellington (SBR)

SJ644117  Drayton Junction (SBR)

SJ630149  Longdon Halt

SJ629179  Crudgington

SJ627199  Rowton Halt

SJ626219  Ellerdine Halt

SJ624246  Peplow

SJ621280  Hodnet

SJ623299  Wollerton

SJ635323  Tern Hill

SJ664343  Little Drayton

SJ672348  Market Drayton (NMDR)

Wellington & Severn Junction Railway (WSJR)

1853

Wellington (SBR)

Coalbrookdale

1861

1963*

Forms part of WCAR

Agreement to use :-

·         SBR station at Wellington

·         SBR line from Wellington Station to Ketley Junction.

Acquired by GWR 1861

* Line from Lightmoor Junction to Coalbrookdale Station still open to serve Buildwas Power Station.

Part re-opened 1984 by Telford Horsehay Steam Trust as a heritage railway

 

SJ652116  Wellington (SBR)

SJ671115  Ketley Junction (SBR)

SJ674110  Ketley

SJ673108  Ketley Town Halt

SJ678094  New Dale Halt

SJ676084  Lawley Bank

SJ675076  Spring Village

SJ675074  Horsehay & Dawley

SJ679067  Doseley Halt

SJ682051  Lightmoor Junction (GWR)

SJ681051  Lightmoor Halt

SJ667050  Green Bank Halt

SJ667041  Coalbrookdale Station (WCALER)

Wellington to Craven Arms Railway (WCAR)

Geographical description made up of 3 constituent parts :-

·         WSJR

·         MWSJR

·         WCALER

Wenlock, Craven Arms & Lightmoor Extension Railway (WCALER)

1861

Coalbrookdale

Buildwas Junction

(SVR)

1

1864

*

Forms part of WCAR

Agreement to use –

·         WSJR station at Coalbrookdale

·         MWSJR station at Buildwas Junction

·         MWSJR station at Much Wenlock

·         SHR station at Wistanstow Halt

·         SHR station at Craven Arms

·         SHR line from Marsh Farm Junction to Craven Arms

·         Acquired by GWR 1896

* Line from Coalbrookdale Station to Buildwas Junction still open to serve Buildwas Power Station.

 

SJ667041  Coalbrookdale (WSJR)

SJ659037  Albert Edward Bridge Junction

SJ652041  Buildwas Junction

SJ652041  Buildwas (MWSJR)

MWSJR line

SJ624003  Much Wenlock (MWSJR)

SO597981  Westwood Halt

SO587977  Presthope

SO557952 Easthope Halt

SO543937  Longville

SO516914  Rushbury

SO482893  Harton Road

SO446881  Marsh Farm Junction (SHR)

SO436854  Wistanstow Halt (SHR)

SO432830  Craven Arms (SHR)

1861

Much Wenlock

(MWSJR)

Craven Arms

(SHR)

14

1867

1963

Whitchurch & Tattenhall Railway (WTR)

1870

Whitchurch (CSR)

Tattenhall (LNWR)

14

1872

1963

Agreement to use :-

·         CSR station at Whitchurch

·         CSR line between Whitchurch Station and Yockingsgate Junction.

Acquired by LNWR 1870

 

SJ550414  Whitchurch (CSR)

SJ551419  Yockingsgate Junction (CSR)

SJ524433  Grindley Brook Halt

Continues in Cheshire

Wrexham & Ellesmere Railway (WER)

1885

Ellesmere

Wrexham

12

1895

1962

Agreement to use :-

·         OEWR station at Ellesmere

·         OEWR line between Ellesmere Junction and Ellesmere Station

Acquired by CR 1922

 

SJ396351  Ellesmere (OEWR)

SJ393349  Ellesmere Junction (OEWR)

SJ383360  Elson Halt

Continues in Wales

Wrexham, Mold & Connah’s Quay Railway (WMCQR)

1861

Connah’s Quay

Whitchurch

23

N/A

N/A

Not constructed

Wyre Forest Railway (WFR)

Another name for TBR