Shrewsbury and Birmingham Railway

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Railway Clearing House Junction Diagram showing the area around Shrewsbury in 1912

The Shrewsbury and Birmingham Railway (S&BR) opened on 12 November 1849. The company formed originally as the Shrewsbury & Wolverhampton, Dudley & Birmingham Railway in 1844. It became Shrewsbury & Birmingham Railway in 1847.


The first section of the S&BR, which was between and Oakengates and Wellington opened on 1 June 1849.[1] The section from Wellington to Shrewsbury, which was shared with the Shropshire Union Railways and Canal Company, opened on the same date. The S&BR was extended to Wolverhampton on 12 November 1849.[2] The S&BR merged with the Great Western Railway (GWR) on 1 September 1854.[1]

Shrewsbury and Wellington Joint Railway[edit]

The Shropshire Union Railways and Canal Company, built the Stafford to Shrewsbury Line, and leased it to the London and North Western Railway (LNWR). The LNWR and GWR ran the Shrewsbury-Wellington section as a joint railway, known as the Shrewsbury and Wellington Joint Railway.

The line today[edit]

The line is still used today as the Wolverhampton to Shrewsbury Line.



  1. ^ a b Hendry, R. Preston; Hendry, R. Powell (1992). Paddington to the Mersey. Oxford Publishing Company. p. 8. ISBN 9780860934424. OCLC 877729237. 
  2. ^ MacDermot, E.T. (1927). History of the Great Western Railway. I: 1833-1863. Great Western Railway. pp. 353, 864. OCLC 4106652. 

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