Grand Junction Railway

Introduction

This line is open. It runs from Warrington to Birmingham. The line received its act on the 6th of May 1833 and opened in 1837.

Today it forms part of the West Coast Main Line routes.

In 1845 the company merged with the Liverpool and Manchester Railway. The line merged with the London and Birmingham Railway (opened 1838) and the Manchester and Birmingham Railway to form the London and North Western Railway on 1 January 1846.






Dates

06/05/1833Grand Junction Railway
Line authorised.
  /  /1837Grand Junction Railway
Line opened.
  /  /1840Ayr and Dalmellington Railway
Originally promoted as the Ayrshire and Galloway Railway it was to run from Ayr to Dalmellington and on to Castle Douglas to join the British and Irish Grand Junction Railway, which later was opened as the Portpatrick Railway.
  /  /1845Grand Junction Railway
Liverpool and Manchester Railway
Merge as the Grand Junction Railway.
01/01/1846London and North Western Railway
London and Birmingham Railway, Grand Junction Railway and Manchester and Birmingham Railway merge to form the London and North Western Railway.
  /  /1970Caledonian Railway Lancaster and Carlisle Railway Lancaster and Preston JunctionRailway Preston and Wigan Railway Wigan Branch Railway Warrington and Newton Railway Grand Junction Railway
Weaver Junction (south of Warrington) to Glasgow electrification authorised.

Locations along the line

These locations are along the line.

The signs are good - and there are some mysterious piles of earth. Hopefully, HS2 will call here in a few years. Grab shot from a train coming into ...
Ken Strachan 16/05/2019
Seen from a passing train on 18 June 2009, the remaining building of Birmingham Curzon St station, the first terminus of the line from Euston. This is ...
John McIntyre 18/06/2009
Birmingham Curson Street's remaining building, the terminus of the London and Birmingham Railway, viewed from the lines which replaced it, taking the ...
John Yellowlees 18/09/2016
The 1837 Birmingham station terminus at Curzon Street, built for the London and Birmingham Railway. The London Euston terminus had Doric columns ...
Ewan Crawford 30/06/2004




The 14.12 London Midland service to Lichfield Trent Valley (ex-Redditch) approaches the platform at Duddeston just before Easter 2013. See image ...
Ken Strachan 24/03/2013
A large helping of the deep and crisp and even, please. It may look like Christmas, but this is the weekend before Easter as a class 323 forms the ...
Ken Strachan 24/03/2013
The remains of the old carriage shed at Duddeston, looking north west from the station in March 2013. The central roof section is no more - rumoured ...
Ken Strachan 24/03/2013




Arrival at Perry Barr, Birmingham in 1980. The use of headcodes (in this case 2P73) had been discontinued on these services from July 1979. ...
Ian Dinmore //1980


The busy Hamstead station in the West Midlands lying midway between Walsall and Birmingham pictured here in 1983. The original station, opened by the ...
Ian Dinmore //1983













This was an exchange station immediately south of Bushbury Junction opened by the London and North Western Railway on the former Grand Junction Railway where it was met by the Oxford, Worcester and Wolverhampton Railway.
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Penkridge has not got many features but this Pendolino rattles the shutters on the disused station building as it heads for Wolverhampton. See 18690 ...
Mark Bartlett 27/07/2008
A tired villa, shutters drawn? No, Penkridge station building on the up platform. A building so close to the edge of the platform that the yellow line ...
Ewan Crawford 14/04/2008


DRS 88004 passes Stafford while working the Mossend to Daventry intermodal service on 17 October 2019. ...
John McIntyre 17/10/2019
Approaching Stafford from Stafford Trent Valley Jct on 17 October 2019 is a Cross Country Voyager heading to Manchester Piccadilly. ...
John McIntyre 17/10/2019
A Pendolino on the down fast passes a Euston-bound set stopped at platform 1. The weather in Stafford is not always so clement see image 30491 ...
Ken Strachan 16/04/2016
A Pendolino pulls into Stafford platform 4 on 16 August 2008. ...
Don Smith 16/08/2008



This station officially closed in December 2017, having not been served by a passenger train for many years. ...

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This junction is to the north of the former Norton Bridge station. Here the line from Stafford, to the south, divides with the West Coast Main Line to Crewe continuing north west and that to Stone and Stoke-on-Trent continuing north east. ...

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View looking south to Norton Bridge Junction, Staffordshire, in April 2008. The route to the left is to Stone and Stoke-on-Trent, that in the ...
Ewan Crawford 14/04/2008


Looking north towards Crewe over the site of the former Whitmore station in 2003. ...
Ewan Crawford 11/07/2003







A view from the end of platform 2 at Crewe over the southern approaches as a Class 87 and Mk3 set with DVT heads north on 25 August 1990. ...
John McIntyre 25/08/1990
175008, working from Manchester Piccadilly to Carmarthen, seen at Crewe on 17th April 2017. ...
David Bosher 17/04/2017
A Virgin Voyager is seen arriving from Chester on Platform 6, Crewe on a service that will head to Euston on 17 October 2019. ...
John McIntyre 17/10/2019
Pendolino 390115 waits at platform 11 at Crewe on 30 September with the 3 minutes late 07.43 service from Euston, via Birmingham, to Glasgow Central. ...
David Pesterfield 30/09/2014




The station frontage at Winsford. ...
Veronica Clibbery 07/09/2017
Freightliner 66570 held at signals south of Winsford Station on Intermodal working ...
David Pesterfield 09/09/2009
Freightliner duo 86614 & 86605 are seen being overtaken by a northbound Virgin Pendolino whilst held at signals south of Winsford Station on 1 ...
David Pesterfield 01/09/2009
DRS 66419 waits at signals near Winsford on 24 November 2009 with a John G Russell return working to Scotland from Daventry International Rail Freight ...
David Pesterfield 24/11/2009


Edge Hill Black 5 45421 southbound at Hartford, Cheshire, in the summer of 1960. [Ref query 4427] ...
David Stewart 01/08/1960


All quiet on the West Coast Main Line on 06 May 2018 at Acton Bridge. With a possession in place there was nothing to see here so I moved along. The ...
John McIntyre 06/05/2018
The Northenden to Folly Lane (Runcorn) 'Binliner' containers, heading north through Acton Bridge on 27 July 2015 behind Freightliner 66551. ...
Ken Browne 27/07/2015
Freightliner Heavy Haul 66957 working hard with 6X04, an engineers works train From Crewe, southbound through Acton Bridge on 27 July 2015 heading for ...
Ken Browne 27/07/2015





Tamper DR 73920 passes Warrington Bank Quay on 18 April 2013 heading for Springs Branch. ...
Ken Browne 18/04/2013
Freightliner 66513 runs north through Warrington Bank Quay on 4 November 2014 heading for Hunterston with empty coal wagons from Fiddlers Ferry Power ...
John McIntyre 04/11/2014
DB Schenker 60015 on 6F07 Fiddlers Ferry to Liverpool Bulk Terminal at Warrington Bank Quay ...
Ken Browne 18/04/2013
Arriva 175008 on a Manchester Piccadilly to Llandudno service leaves Warrington Bank Quay on 18 April. ...
Ken Browne 18/04/2013