West Midland Railway

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"West Midlands Railway" redirects here. For current railways in the area, see List of railway stations in the West Midlands.

The West Midland Railway[1] was an early British railway company. It was formed on 1 July 1860 by a merger of several older railway companies and amalgamated with the Great Western Railway on 1 August 1863. It was the successor to the Oxford, Worcester and Wolverhampton Railway (OWWR).[2]



Its constituent companies were the Newport, Abergavenny and Hereford Railway (incorporated 1846 and opened 1854), Worcester and Hereford Railway (inc 1853 and opened 1859), the Coleford, Monmouth, Usk and Pontypool Railway and the Oxford, Worcester and Wolverhampton Railway (inc 1845 and opened 1850; which had absorbed the Stratford and Moreton Tramway (inc 1821 and opened 1826). In 1862, it also leased the Leominster and Kington Railway.

Taff Vale Extension of the West Midland Railway and Crumlin Viaduct.


Round Oak station was opened by the Oxford, Worcester & Wolverhampton Railway in 1852. It was the third station south of Dudley and was later to come under the control of the GWR following its absorption of the successor to the OWWR, the West Midland Railway, in 1863. Round Oak closed, together with the other stations on the ex-OWWR between Dudley and Stourbridge Junction, in 1962. An exception was Harts Hill which had closed in 1916.

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  1. ^ Yolland, Col W (1861). "West Midland Railway" (PDF). Accident Returns. Board of Trade. Retrieved 2009-12-24. 
  2. ^ "Round Oak Station". Railaroundbirmingham.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-09-06.