GWR: North and West Route

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The 'North & West Route', which, in recent years, has become known as the 'Welsh Marches Line', extends from Newport to Chester. Historically, this 137-mile route is an amalgam of three distinct railways: the Shrewsbury & Chester Railway, the Shrewsbury & Hereford Railway and the Newport, Abergavenny & Hereford Railway. All three lines came under Great Western control at a relatively early date, although the Shrewsbury & Hereford section became a joint undertaking, which was owned by the GWR and the London & North Western Railway companies.

The line runs through attractive and sometimes spectacular scenery via Abergavenny, Pontrilas, Hereford, Leominster, Ludlow, Craven Arms, Shrewsbury and Ruabon, thereby providing a useful transport link between North and South Wales, while some services run north-eastwards from Shrewsbury to Crewe over a former London & North Western line that forms part of a direct link between South Wales and the Manchester conurbation.


  • (Author)  Stanley Jenkins & Martin Loader
  • (Illustrator)  N/A
  • (Series)  N/A
  • (ISBN)  9781445641294
  • (Publisher)  Amberley
  • (Date)  2015
  • (Format)  Paperback
  • (Dust jacket)  N/A
  • (Approx. weight)  425g
  • (Approx. size)  17 x 25 x 1 cm
  • (RRP)  £16.99