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

06/05/1833[Grand Junction Railway]
Line authorised.
  /  /1837[Grand Junction Railway]
Line opened.
  /  /1845[Grand Junction Railway]
[Liverpool and Manchester Railway]
Merge as the Grand Junction Railway.
  /  /1970[Caledonian Railway]
[Lancaster and Carlisle Railway]
[Lancaster and Preston Railway]
[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.

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
A future stop for HS2? They'll have to take the boards off the windows first... [see image 22382] ...
Ken Strachan 21/07/2011




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
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
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




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













Stanier 2-6-0 no 42966 stabled on Bushbury shed in the summer of 1962. ...
K A Gray 15/08/1962




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


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
Viewed from a passing train on 21 June 2016, Stafford No.5 signalbox at the north end of the station. Since this photo was taken the box has been ...
John McIntyre 21/06/2016
A Pendolino pulls into Stafford platform 4 on 16 August 2008. ...
Don Smith 16/08/2008
Pendolino set 390003 approaching platform 1 at Stafford 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







175008, working from Manchester Piccadilly to Carmarthen, seen at Crewe on 17th April 2017. ...
David Bosher 17/04/2017
On the left a Class 158 calls at Platform 6 at Crewe with a Manchester to Pembroke Dock service as a Class 390 on the right sets off with a service ...
John McIntyre 12/03/2011
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
D432 stands at Crewe on 26 April 1969. The locomotive was 9 months old at the time and not yet fitted with jumpers to allow multiple operation. [Ref ...
John Furnevel 26/04/1969




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