A History of Britain’s Railways
London and North Western Railway
This company was formed on 1 Jan 1846
by the merging of the London and Birmingham
Railway (opened 1838), Grand
Junction Railway (opened 1837) and the Birmingham and Manchester Railway.
By a series of further purchases (e.g. Lancaster
and Carlisle Railway) and new line building it was to become one of
the foremost railways in England. For many years the company's London
Euston station was the only terminus in London for the North.
Its main line is today the West Coast Main
Line (WCML) from London Euston to Carlisle Citadel. The remainder of the WCML
route on to Glasgow was owned and operated by the Caledonian
Railway which was a close business partner. In 1923 the London and North
Western Railway became part of the London,
Midland and Scottish Railway. In 1948 this became part of the nationalised
British Railways network. On today's
privatised network Virgin Trains operates
over much of the network.
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