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4/6/1838Great Western RailwayFirst part of Great Western Railway opened from Paddington (Old) to Maidenhead (Old) opened. Stations on this section at: Paddington, Royal Oak, Westbourne Park, Acton, Ealing Broadway, West Ealing, Hanwell & Elthorne, Southall, Hayes & Harlington, West Drayton & Yiewsley, Iver, Langley, Slough, Burham, Taplow, and Maidenhead.
6/4/1839Great Western RailwayCooke and Wheatstone 5 needle system electric telegraph installed between Paddington and Hanwell. This was the first commercial telegraph line (and in fact first commercial use of electricity) and the public were able to pay to send messages.
9/4/1839Great Western RailwayElectric telegraph completed from Hanwell to West Drayton. Later extended to Slough.
1/7/1839Great Western RailwayMaidenhead (Old) to Twyford opened. Stations on this section at: Maidenhead (New), and Twyford.
17/12/1840Great Western RailwayFaringdon Road to Hay Lane (just west of Swindon) opened. Stations on this section at: Uffington, Shrivenham, Stratton Park Halt, Swindon, Hay Lane (But was this a station?).
30/3/1840Great Western RailwayTwyford to Reading opened. Stations on this section at: Reading.
1/6/1840Great Western RailwayReading to Steventon opened. Stations on this section at: Tilehurst, Pangborne, Goring & Streatley, Cholsey & Moulsford, Didcot, Steventon.
20/7/1840Great Western RailwaySteventon to Faringdon Road (now Challow) opened. Stations on this section at: Wantage Road, Challow.
31/8/1840Great Western RailwayBristol (Old) to Bath opened. Stations on this section at: Bath, Oldfield Park, Saltford, Keynshaw & Somerdale, St Annes Park, and Bristol (Temple Meads).
31/5/1841Great Western RailwayHay Lane to Chippenham opened. Stations on this section at: Wootton Bassett, Dauntsey, Malford Halt, Chippenham.
31/5/1841Cheltenham and Great Western Union Railway (Great Western Railway)Swindon to Kemble to Cirencester opened. Stations on this section at: Purton, Minety & Ashton Keynes, Oaksey Halt, Kemble and Cirencester (Town station).
30/6/1841Great Western RailwayChippenham to Bath opened, Great Western Railway main line open throughout. Stations on this section at: Corsham, Box, Bathford Halt, Bathmapton.
12/6/1844Oxford Branch GWR (Great Western Railway)Didcot Junction to Oxford (Old station) opened. Stations on this section at: Appleford Halt, Culham, Radley and Oxford.
//1845Bristol and Exeter Railway
Great Western Railway
Great Western considers buying the Bristol and Exeter which would be threatened by their planned direct London to Exeter line.
7/11/1845Bristol and Exeter Railway
Great Western Railway
Great Westerns offer refused
12/5/1845Cheltenham and Great Western Union Railway (Great Western Railway)Kemble Junction to Gloucester (Standish Junction) opened. Stations on this section at: Chalford, St Marys Crossing Halt, Brimscombe, Brimscombe Bridge Halt, Ham Mill Crossing Halt, Bowbridge Crossing Halt, Stroud, Downfield Crossing Halt, Caches Green Halt, Ebley Crossing Halt, Stonehouse and Gloucester. Standish Junction to Gloucester was owned by the Midland Railway.
12/5/1845Gloucester Branch (Great Western Railway)Kemble Junction to Gloucester opened
//1846South Wales Railway, Great Western RailwayGreat Western Railway to lease the South Wales Railway at 5%, if South Wales Railway completed to Fishguard.
23/10/1847Cheltenham and Great Western Union Railway (Great Western Railway)Broad Gauge line from Gloucester, Tramway Junction, to Cheltenham, Lansdown Junction, opened. Stations on this section at: Churchdown and Cheltenham. Gloucester to Cheltenham owned by the Birmingham and Gloucester Railway later owned by the Midland Railway.
23/10/1847Cheltenham and Great Western Union Railway (Great Western Railway)Cheltenham, Lansdown Junction, to Cheltenham, St James Station, opened.
23/10/1847Cheltenham and Great Western Union Railway (Great Western Railway)Gloucester Avoiding Line (Millstream Junction to Barnwood Junction) opened.
1/11/1848Basingstoke Branch (Great Western Railway)Reading, Southcot Junction, to Basingstoke opened. Stations on section at: Mortimer, Bramley and Basingstoke.
8/10/1849Windsor Branch (Great Western Railway)Slough to Windsor and the west curve at Slough opened.
30/4/1849Bristol and Exeter Railway
Great Western Railway
Great Westerns lease expires
//1850Great Western RailwayStarts to acquire coking coal, for locomotive coal coke ovens, from Great Western Colliery on the Dinas Branch of the Taff Vale Railway.
//1854Shrewsbury and Chester Railway
Great Western Railway
Shrewsbury and Chester Railway merged into the Great Western Railway.
16/1/1854Great Western RailwayPaddington New station, departure side, opened.
29/5/1854Great Western RailwayPaddington New station, arrival side, opened.
//1860Great Western RailwayBuys the Cilely Colliery near Tonyrefail and the Ely Valley Railway. (1860s).
1/10/1861Great Western RailwayThird rail laid into London Paddington allowing standard gauge trains to enter the station.
13/7/1863West Midland Railway, Great Western RailwayWest Midland Railway merged with Great Western Railway.
1/8/1863South Wales Railway, Great Western RailwaySouth Wales Railway amalgamated with the Great Western Railway.
//1867Taff Bargoed Joint Line (Great Western Railway and Rhymney Railway)Agreement to build line from Nelson to Dowlais for hauling iron ore from Cardiff to the Dowlais works.
1/8/1875Monmouthshire Canal Tramway, Great Western RailwayThe Monmouthshire Railway and Canal Company gives the Great Western Railway running rights over their system.
1/1/1876Bristol and Exeter Railway
Great Western Railway
Great Western leases line
1/8/1876Bristol and Exeter Railway
Great Western Railway
Great Western absorbs the Bristol and Exeter
1/1/1878East Somerset Railway
Cheddar Valley and Yatton Railway (Bristol and Exeter Railway)
Great Western Railway
The Great Western starts to run passenger trains from the Cheddar line through the Somerset and Dorset Railways Wells station to Witham.
2/4/1880Culme Valley Light Railway
Great Western Railway
Line sold to the Great Western.
1/8/1880Monmouthshire Canal Tramway, Great Western RailwayAct passed for merging the Monmouthshire into the Great Western Railway.
9/5/1881Morriston Branch (Great Western Railway)Opened from Hafod Junction to Morriston.
//1882Moss Valley Branch (Great Western Railway)Line opened from Moss to Moss Valley Junction
9/11/1885Abbotsbury Branch (Great Western Railway)Abbotsbury opened
1/5/1885Exe Valley Railway (Great Western Railway)Line opened by the Great Western. Built to standard gauge.
//1886Severn Tunnel (Great Western Railway)Opened
22/3/1886Llynvi Valley Extension (Great Western Railway)Abergwynfi opened
1/4/1886Quakers Yard and Merthyr Joint Railway (Great Western Railway and Rhymney Railway)Opened. The line connected to the Crawshays Private Railway and the Vale of Neath Railway at Merthyr.
//1894Cardiff Riverside Branch (Great Western Railway)Converted for passenger use.
//1897Minehead Railway
Great Western Railway
Minehead Railway absorbed by the Great Western.
1/1/1899Great Western RailwayTakes over the Pontypridd Caerphilly and Newport Railway Newport to Pontypridd passenger service.
//1901Devon and Somerset Railway
Great Western Railway
Devon and Somerset Railway absorbed by the Great Western Railway.
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