Wellington to Craven Arms Railway

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Trackbed of the former railway line between Wellington and Ironbridge which is now a footpath
Wellington to
Craven Arms Railway
Wolverhampton–Shrewsbury line
to Shrewsbury
Wellington and Drayton Railway
to Market Drayton
Drayton Junction
Wellington
Shropshire Union Railway
to Stafford
Ketley Junction
Wolverhampton–Shrewsbury line
to Wolverhampton
Ketley
Ketley Town Halt
New Dale Halt
Lawley Bank
Heath Hill tunnel
59 yd
54 m
Spring Village
Horsehay and DawleyTelford Steam Railway
Doseley Halt
Wolverhampton–Shrewsbury line
to Wolverhampton
Lightmoor Platform
Green Bank Halt
Brick Kiln Bank
Coalbrookdale Viaduct
Coalbrookdale
Albert Edward Bridge
over River Severn
Severn Valley Railway
to Bridgnorth
Ironbridge Power Station
Buildwas
Severn Valley Railway
to Shrewsbury
Farley Halt
Much Wenlock
Westwood Halt
Presthope
Easthope Halt
Longville
Rushbury
Harton Road
Welsh Marches Line
to Shrewsbury
Marsh Farm Junction
Bishops Castle Railway
Stretford Bridge Junction
Craven Arms and Stokesay
Heart of Wales Line
to Llanelli & Swansea
Welsh Marches Line
to Hereford & Newport

The Wellington to Craven Arms Railway was a railway line that ran from Wellington to Craven Arms in Shropshire, England. It was built by three companies during the period spanning 1857 to 1867 and between Ketley Junction at Wellington to Marsh Farm Junction (3 miles (4.8 km)) north of Craven Arms, the length of the railway was 28 miles (45 km).[1]

History[edit]

The three companies that comprised the railway were: -

The first part of the railway to open was the branch from Madeley Junction to Lightmoor Junction (which ironically is the section that was retained for freight working up until 2015) in November 1854.[2] The railway companies progressed well with openings from Wellington to Horsehay in 1859, Much Wenlock to Buildwas in 1862, Lightmoor to Buildwas in 1863 and Much Wenlock to Craven Arms in 1867.[3] The last section took longer due to local protests about the route which resulted in a diversion from the planned formation and the addition of a tunnel at Presthorpe.[1]

Junctions[edit]

It had junctions Shrewsbury and Birmingham Railway at Wellington, with the Severn Valley Railway at Buildwas Junction and joined the Welsh Marches Line at Marsh Farm Junction a few miles north of Craven Arms which opened fully in 1867.[4]

Successors[edit]

Between 1853 and 1896, the constituent companies had been amalgamated with the Great Western Railway and subsequently the Western Region of British Railways.[2]

Present day[edit]

Part of the route has been saved and is to be found operating as the Telford Steam Railway.[5] A section of the route between Madeley Junction (on the Wolverhampton to Shrewsbury Line) and Ironbridge was kept open post-Beeching closures to serve the power station. The power station closed in November 2015 and the line is still extant but unused.[6]

Craven Arms, Marsh Farm, Stretford Bridge, Tenbury & Wellington RJD 19

The section of trackbed from Ketley to Lawley is now part of the Ironbridge way, a long distance footpath from Leegomery to Ironbridge.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b James 2006, p. 13
  2. ^ a b Jones 1998, p. 252
  3. ^ Cryer 2014, p. 40
  4. ^ Catford, Nick; Lambeth, Roy. "Craven Arms". Disused Stations. Retrieved 7 May 2016. 
  5. ^ Bentley, Ben (20 August 2012). "Shropshire's great days out Telford Steam Railway". Shropshire Star. Retrieved 7 May 2016. 
  6. ^ "Eon-owned power station at Ironbridge closes". Unseen Steam. 23 November 2015. Retrieved 8 May 2016. 
  7. ^ Shrewsbury Telford A-Z street atlas (Map) (3 ed.). 1:15,840. A-Z. Cartography by Ordnance Survey. Geographers' A-Z Map Co, ltd. 2012. p. 24. ISBN 978-1-84348-627-5. 

Bibliography[edit]

  • Cryer, Geoff (2014). Shropshire Railways. Marlborough: Crowood Press. ISBN 9781847976918. 
  • James, David (2006). Shropshire's Lost Railways. Catrine: Stenlake. ISBN 9781840333848. 
  • Jones, Ken (1998). The Wenlock Branch; Wellington to Craven Arms. Usk, Monmouthshire: Oakwood Press. ISBN 0853615004.