North Western Railway

Introduction

This line is partly open. The section between Wennington and Skipton is still open. The section between Wennington and Lancaster is closed and the branch to Ingleton is closed.

The company was also known as the Little North Western to differentiate it from the London and North Western Railway.






Dates

24/11/1845~[London and North Western Railway]
Adlington opened
01/01/1846[London 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.
  /09/1848[London and North Western Railway]
Consideration of abandoning Leamington to Rugby line promoted by the former Rugby and Leamington Railway.
  /  /1850[London and North Western Railway]
Work resumes on the Rugby to Leamington Spa branch.
  /  /1851[London and North Western Railway]
Rugby to Leamington Spa opened as a single track railway.
  /  /1859[Northampton and Market Harborough Branch] ([London and North Western Railway])
Line opened with stations at Lamport, Brixworth, Spratton, Pitsford & Brampton.
01/06/1860[Ingleton Branch] ([London and North Western Railway])
Ingleton to Low Gill opened.
01/08/1860~[London and North Western Railway]
Adderley Park opened
01/10/1862[Merthyr Tredegar and Abergavenny Railway], [London and North Western Railway]
[London and North Western Railway] takes possession of the [Merthyr, Tredegar and Abergavenny Railway].
01/03/1864[London and North Western Railway, South Wales]
Extension from Brynmawr to Nantybwch.
30/07/1865[London and North Western Railway]
Makes traffic agreement with the [Vale of Neath Railway].
05/10/1865[London and North Western Railway]
Uses running powers over the [Taff Vale Extension Railway] and an agreement with the [Vale of Neath Railway] to serve Swansea.
  /  /1866[Merthyr Tredegar and Abergavenny Railway], [London and North Western Railway]
[Merthyr Tredegar and Abergavenny Railway] bought by the [London and North Western Railway].
  /  /1867[London and North Western Railway]
Act for north facing junction at Abergavenny for the [Merthyr Tredegar and Abergavenny Railway].
01/09/1867[Beaufort Ironworks Tramway], [London and North Western Railway, South Wales]
Link between lines opened.
05/09/1871[Rhymney and Nantybwch Joint Line] ([London and North Western Railway, South Wales] and [Rhymney Railway])
Joint line from Rhymney to Nantybwch opened.
02/10/1871[Rhymney and Nantybwch Joint Line] ([London and North Western Railway, South Wales] and [Rhymney Railway])
Joint line from Rhymney to Nantybwch opened to public traffic. The [London and North Western Railway] diverts all of its Cardiff bound traffic to the [Rhymney Railway] route.
01/01/1873[London and North Western Railway South Wales]
Line extended to Dowlais Top and Ivor Junction with the [Brecon and Merthyr Railway] and access to Dowlais Lloyd Street and the Dowlais Iron Company.
  /11/1873[London and North Western Railway South Wales]
Bill for line to Merthyr and the [Brecon and Merthyr Railway], [Vale of Neath Railway] and Geothin Railway.
18/05/1874[London and North Western Railway South Wales], [Brecon and Merthyr Railway]
[London and North Western Railway] agrees to withdraw Merthyr bill in exchange for joint ownership of the [Brecon and Merthyr Railway] branch from Dowlais to Merthyr. A link was to be opened from Penywern Junction, by Ivor Junction, and run from there to Morlais on the [Brecon and Merthyr Railway].
14/06/1874[London and North Western Railway South Wales]
Morlais Tunnel completed.
16/07/1874[London and North Western Railway South Wales]
Act for extension from Penywern Junction to Morlais.
  /07/1875[Sirhowy Tramroad], [London and North Western Railway]
The London and North Western Railway starts to run trains on the Sirhowy Tramroad.
21/08/1875[Sirhowy Tramroad], [London and North Western Railway]
Date of retrospective working agreement.
01/10/1875[London and North Western Railway]
Opens depot at Tyndall Street Goods, Cardiff, approached by 1/2 a mile of traffic from the [Rhymney Railway].
13/07/1876[Sirhowy Tramroad], [London and North Western Railway]
Act merging the Sirhowy Tramroad into the London and North Western Railway.
  /  /1877[Llanmorlais Branch] ([London and North Western Railway])
Penclawdo to Llanmorlais opened.
  /  /1881[London and North Western Railway]
Rent the Nantyglo to Brynmawr railway from the Nantyglo and Blaina Iron Company.
14/02/1881[London and North Western Railway South Wales]
Cwmbargoed Junction to Cwmbargoed (LNWR) opened.
  /  /1882Glasgow and North Western Railway
Route surveyed
  /  /1883Glasgow and North Western Railway
Glasgow and North Western Railway proposed by [North British Railway] (The route was to have been Glasgow to Inverness via Fort William) (not built).
  /  /1883Glasgow and North Western Railway
Glasgow and North Western Railway proposed (Glasgow to Inverness via Fort William).
01/07/1884[Bethesda Branch] ([London and North Western Railway])
Line opened from Penrhyn, by Bangor, to Bethesda.
04/05/1885[London and North Western Railway South Wales]
Dowlais High Street opened, through trains to Merthyr stop using Dowlais Lloyd Street, and Dowlais Top closed.
  /  /1895Weedon, Daventry and Leamington Spa Branch ([London and North Western Railway])
Line opened.
  /  /1900[Penllwyn Tramway], [London and North Western Railway]
A new spur, west of Nine Mile Point, is opened to the [Penllwyn Tramway] by the owners, the [London and North Western Railway] to give access to Nine Mile Point Colliery. Formerly this tramway was accessible by a point west of Nine Mile Point and thus in [Great Western Railway] territory.
  /  /1910[London and North Western Railway, South Wales]
Run-away coal train piles up after being diverted onto a dead-end siding by signalman on Ebbw Vale Branch.
  /  /1918[London and North Western Railway]
Lease of the Nantyglo to Brynmawr railway expires.
  /  /1937[London and North Western Railway South Wales]
Cwmbargoed branch closed.
16/06/1947[London and North Western Railway]
P.S. Waverley maiden voyage. Based at Craigendoran Pier.
  /  /1948~[London and North Western Railway]
Adlington renamed Adlington (Cheshire)
05/02/1951[Beaufort Ironworks Tramway], [London and North Western Railway, South Wales]
Link closed to passengers.
23/09/1953[Rhymney Railway], [London and North Western Railway, South Wales]
Joint line from Rhymney to Rhymney Bridge closed.
22/11/1954[London and North Western Railway South Wales]
Freight services transferred to [Great Western Railway] routes.
  /  /1958Weedon, Daventry and Leamington Spa Branch ([London and North Western Railway])
Closed to passengers.
06/01/1958[London and North Western Railway South Wales]
Closed to passengers.
  /  /1959[London and North Western Railway]
Rugby to Leamington Spa closed to passengers.
02/11/1959[Beaufort Ironworks Tramway], [London and North Western Railway, South Wales]
Link closed completely.
04/01/1960[Northampton and Market Harborough Branch] ([London and North Western Railway])
Line closed to passengers.
  /  /1963Weedon, Daventry and Leamington Spa Branch ([London and North Western Railway])
Closed to goods except the Marton to Southam section which was accessed by the Rugby to Marton line.
07/10/1963[Bethesda Branch] ([London and North Western Railway])
Line closed.
06/01/1969[Northampton and Market Harborough Branch] ([London and North Western Railway])
Line re-opened for through passenger trains.
01/05/1969[Northampton and Market Harborough Branch] ([London and North Western Railway])
Line closed to passengers.
10/07/1972[Northampton and Market Harborough Branch] ([London and North Western Railway])
Line re-opened for through passenger trains.
16/08/1981[Northampton and Market Harborough Branch] ([London and North Western Railway])
Line closed to passengers.