The Wellington, Much Wenlock & Craven Arms Railway (Lightmoor)

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An illustrated history of this charismatic GWR cross-country branch line that served the ironmasters of Coalbrookdale and the quarries and farmlands of Wenlock Edge. This fascinating 28-mile branch line crossed the East Shropshire coalfield – where the Industrial Revolution had truly begun – and crossed the River Severn on a magnificent cast iron bridge, which had been the largest of its kind in the world when built.

This comprehensive volume looks at the circumstances that led to the railway’s construction and describes all aspects of the line’s history, from opening to closure and beyond. The book is divided into seven chapters as follows:

  • Five Companies, One Railway (1844-1867)
  • Riding the Storm (1868-1896)
  • The Great Western Years (1896-1947)
  • The Journey
  • The Stations
  • Goodbye to All That
  • Postscript

The Wellington, Much Wenlock and Craven Arms Railway also contains special sections looking at The Albert Edward Bridge, Joseph Fogerty’s designs for Much Wenlock station, the Steam Railmotor Experiment, Ironbridge Power Station and the SLS/MLS Shropshire Railtour of 23rd April 1955. Several appendices contain details of locomotive allocations, traffic at stations, passenger counts and railway staff.

This volume is the result of 40 years of research and compilation; it features many highly detailed architectural drawings and is produced in large format to best display the rich contents. 308 pages. Hardback.

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