Wednesday, 4 July 2007

shropshire and montgomeryshire joint railway






(photos taken 22.10.1986)

Even as late as the 1980s there were still a few non-preservation byways in the UK. This was a small surviving stub of the former Shropshire and Montgomeryshire Joint Railway, probably the second or third most ramshackle of the Colonel Stephens lines, which has a fascinating history including five closures!

I think this bit was still used for occasional freight trains to the old Abbey Foregate Station in Shrewsbury. It closed soon afterwards. The bottom picture shows the very end of the line, in happier times it continued almost to Wales.
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