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Great Western Railway

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Heathrow Express at Paddington.
Heathrow Express at Paddington.

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Opened 30 June 1841
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This line ran originally from London, capital of England and Britain, to Bristol which was the second city of Britain until eclipsed by industrial centres such as Birmingham. Much of the route runs through farmland but it also serves the west of London and other large town such as Reading, Swindon and Bath.

Chronology

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1850, 2 Sept
Oxford, Millstream Jnct - Banbury (Single line)
1850, 7 Oct
Westbury - Frome (Single line)
1851, 9 Sept
Westbury - Warminster (Single line)
1852, 1 Oct
Oxford, Millsteam Jnct - Birmingham
(Narrow gauge from Isis River Bridge)
1852, 1 Oct
Oxford, Millsteam Jnct - Banbury  (ITALIC - standard gauge conversion?)
Mixed and doubled
1854, 20 Mar
Over Jnct - Gloucester Docks
1854, 29 May
Bristol, Midland Jnct to Terminus  (ITALIC)
1854, 1 Sept MERGE?
Shrewsbury & Birmingham Rly
1854, 1 Sept MERGE?
Shrewsbury and Chester Railway
1854, 14 Nov
Brimignham - Priestfirld Jnct with OW & WR (Oxford, Worcester & Wolverhampton Rly)
1854, 14 Nov
Wolverhampton, Cannock Rd Jnct - Stafford Rd Jnct
1854, 14 Nov
Stafford Rd Jnct - Oxley Vaiduct and Victoria Basin  (ITALIC)
1854, 14 Nov
Frome - Radstock (Mineral line)
1856, June 30
Warminster - Salisbury
1856, 1 Sept
Frome - Yeovil
1856, 8 Sept
West Drayon - Uxbridge
1856, 22 Dec
Oxford, Isis bridge - Didcot north jnct  (ITALIC)
1856, 22 Dec
Didcot loop, north jnct - east jnct
1856, 22 Dec
Didcot, east jnct - reading, west jnct (ITALIC)
1856, 22 Dec
Reading loop, west jnct - oxford rd jnct
1856, 22 Dec
Reading, Oxford rd jnct - basingstoke (ITALIC)
1857, 20 Jan
Yeovil - Dorchester Jnct
1857, 20 Jan
Dorchest Jnct - Weymouth
1857, 2 Feb
Bradford Jnct - Bathampton
1857, 1 June
Twyford - Henley
1857, 1 July
Holt jnct - Devizes
1858, 1 Dec
Reading,West Jnct - Jnct with Staines & Wokingham Rly (London and South Western Railway) (Single Line)
1859, 1 June
Wednesbury, Branch to South Staffordshire Rly
1859, 18 July (Goods, psg 1860, 1 May)
Great Western & Brentford Rly
Southall - Brentford
1860, 2 Aug
Ely Valley Railway
Llantrissant - Tonyrefail (Goods)

1860, 10 Oct
Stratford-on-Avon Rly, Hatton - Strattford (Old Stn)

1860, 20 Nov
Birkenhead Railway (renamed so at that date), Joint with London and North Western Railway

1861, 1 July
Wellington & Severn Jnct Rly
Ketley Jnct - Lightmoor
(Op 1857, 1 May and worked by Coalbrookdale Iron co until 1861, 1 July)

1861, 1 Oct
Reading, West jnct - paddington (ITALIC)

1861, 1 Oct
Single line, west jnct to east of reding stn supseded as running line  (ITALIC)

1861, 1 Oct
Southall - Brentford (Up line only)  (ITALIC)

1861, 1 Nov
Bordesley Jnct Branch to Midland Railway

1861, 1 Dec
Vale of Llangollen Railway
Ruabon, Llangollen Line Jnct - Llangollen
(Goods only, psg 1862, 2 june)

1862, 1 Jan
South Wales Railway

1862 8 Jan
Ely Valley Railway (Goods)
Mwyndy and Brofiskin Branch
Bach to Gellyrhaidd

1862, 1 Mar
East Somerset Railway
Shepton Mallet - Wells

1862, March
Slough - Windsor and west curve at slough (ITALIC)

1862, March
Reading, stn jnct - oxford rd jnct (ITALIC)

1862, 22 May
Wrexham & Minera Railway
Croes Newydd Jncts - Jnct with old branch from Wheatsheaf at Brymbo
(Old line abandoned between Moss and Brymbo)

1862, 1 July
Shrewsbury & Hereford Rly Joint
(Half GW & WM, Half LNWR)

1862, 1 July
Leominster & Kington Rly

1862, 1 Aug
Wycombe Rly
High Wycombe - Thame

1862, 11 Nov
Berks & Hants Extension Rly
Hungerford - Devizes

1862, Dec
Ely Valley Railway
Tonyrefail - Dinas (Penygraig)

1863, 10 Jan
Metropolitan Rly
Bishops Rd - Farringdon Street (Old Stn)
Worked by GW until 1863, 1 Aug

1863, 1 April
West London Jnct - North Pole Jnct

1863, 1 April
West London and West London Ext Railways. Joint

1863, 1 June
Didcot Stn, east jnct - north jnct (ITALIC)

1863, 1 Aug
West Midland Rly

Shrewsbury Lines

Shrewsbury & Birmingham Rly

1849, 1 June
Shrewsbury - Wellington
(Jnt with Shropshire Union Rly (L&NWR))

1849, 1 June
Wellington - Oakengates

1849, 12 Nov
Oakengates - Wolverhampton, High Lev and Victoria Basin

1854, 1 June
Madeley Jnct - Lightmoor

Shrewsbury & Chester Railway

1846, 2 Nov
Chester, Saltney Jnct - Ruabon (Powers over Chester & Holyhead Rly, Chester Stn to Saltney Jnct)

1846, 2 Nov
Branch to Saltney Quay

1847, July
Wheatsheaf Jnct - Minera

1847 Nov
Short branches to collieries and works at Ffrwd, Brynmally, Westminster, South Sea, Brymbo, and Vron

1848, 1 Aug
Chester General Stn (Joint)

1848, 16 Oct
Ruabon - Shrewsbury

1848, 23 Dec
Gobowen - Oswestry

South Wales Railway

1850, 18 June
Chepstow - Landore

1850, 18 June
Grange Court (Jnct with GWR) - Chepstow East

1852, June
Swansea, Branch to North Dock

1852, 19 July
Chepstow East - Chepstow (Single, doubled 18 Apr 1853)

1852, Oct 11
Landore - Carmarthen (Single from Pembrey , dbled 3 feb 1853)

1854, 2 Jan
Carmarthen - Haverfordwest (Single, dbled 1 Jul 1857)

1854 17 Jan
Cardiff, Bute Street Jnct (With TVR) - station (ITALIC)

1854, 24 Jul
Forst of Dean, Bullo Pill - Churchway, etc (Tramway converted)

1854, 24 July
Bullo Pill Dock Branch

1856 15 April
Haverfordwest - "New Milford" (Neyland) (Single - dbled 1 jul 1857)

1857, Feb
Branch to Swansea Vale Rly

1858, 19 April
Cardiff, Bute Docks Branch

1859, Sept
Swansea, North Dock Branch extended

West Midland Railway

1860, 1 July
Oxford, Worcester & Wolverhampton Railway

1860, 1 July
Newport, Abergaveny & Hereford Railway

1860, 1 July
Worcester & Hereford Rly

1861, 1 July
Coleford, Monmouth, Usk & Pontypool Rly
(Littlemill jnct - usk op 2 june 1856, usk - monmouth (Troy) op 12 oct 1857)

1861, 17 Sept
Malvern Wells - Shelwick Jnct (with Shrewsbury & Hereford Rly)

1861, 18 Nov
Wirney Rly, Yarnton-Witney

1862, 1 Feb
Severn Valley Rly, Hartlebury - Sutton Bridge Jnct (with Shrewsbury & Hereford Rly)

1862, 1 Feb
Much Wenlock & Severn jnct rly, buildwas - much wenlock

1862, 1 mar
bourton-on-the-water rly, chipping norton jnct - bourton on the water

1862, 1 july
shresury & hereford rly. joint with gw and l&nw

1862, 1 july
leominster & kington rly (leominster jnct - kington, op 2 aug 1857 and wrkd by brassey 'til jul 1862 then by WM and GW jointly)

1863, 1april
Stourbridge rly, stourbridge jnct - cradley, cradley - corngreaves yard (goods)

1863, June
Stroubrdge rly
Lye - hayes Lane (goods)

Oxford, Worcester & Wolverhampton rly

p 1867

Description of route 

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Express and branch lines to the West of London throughout Wales and western England running to locations such as Birmingham, Bristol, Birkenhead, Plymouth, Newport and Exeter.


Page last created on 19/07/1999
Page last edited on: 11/03/2012
Contact: Ewan Crawford