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List of closed railway lines in Great Britain

This list is for railway lines which are now disused, closed or dismantled.

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Name of Line Builder(s) Route (From/To) Closure Date Notes
Alcester to Hatton line Great Western Rly Alcester to Hatton,
via Great Alne
1947 (to passengers)
1951 (to all traffic)
Aldeburgh branch line Great Eastern Railway (LNER) Saxmundham to Aldeburgh via
Leiston and Thorpeness
12 September
Part of the branch still open (freight only)
Aldridge-Brownhills branch line Midland Railway (LMS) Aldridge to Chasewater,
via Brownhills
1930 (to passengers)
1962 (to all traffic)
Part of the Line, (North of Brownhills) now preserved as the
Chasewater Railway
Allhallows-on-Sea to Stoke Junction SR Stoke Junction to Allhallows 4 December
Southern branch off the Hoo branch line (off the North Kent Line) (opened 14 May 1932
Alnmouth-Alnwick branch line North Eastern Railway (LNER) Alnmouth to Alnwick 30 January
Remains of the branch now being restored (between a new site at "Alnwick Lionheart" and Alnmouth) as the heritage
Aln Valley Railway
Ambergate to Pye Bridge line Midland Railway (LMS) Ambergate to Pye Bridge,
(via Butterley)
1968 Part of the line, now preserved (between Hammersmith and Ironville Junction) as the Midland Railway - Butterley
Ardsley to Laisterdyke line Great Northern Rly (LNER) Laisterdyke to Ardsley,
via Dudley Hill and Morley
3 July 1966 (to passengers)
13 March 1968 (to freight)
1981 (to all traffic)
Opened by the Leeds, Bradford & Halifax Joint Rly
before taken over by the GNR in 1865
Ashbourne Line London & North Western Rly
Uttoxeter to Buxton, via
1964 (to passengers)
1967 (to freight)
Most of the line now survives as a walk/cycle path called the Tissington Trail
Axminster-Lyme Regis branch line LSWR (Southern Railway) Axminster to Lyme Regis via
29 November
Bacup branch line Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway Stubbins Junction to Bacup, via Rawtenstall, Clough Fold and Stacksteads 1966 (to regular traffic)
1972 (to all traffic)
Part of the former branch line (from the site of Stubbins Junction to Rawtenstall, via Irwell Vale), now preserved as part of the East Lancashire Railway
Banbury and Cheltenham Direct Railway GWR Cheltenham to Banbury    
Banbury to Verney Junction Branch Line   Banbury to Verney Junction(Where it joined the Varsity Line) January 1961 Freight services lasted till June 1966
Basingstoke and Alton Light Railway LSWR Basingstoke to Alton 1932 (to passengers)
19?? (to freight)
Batley-Beeston Line Great Northern Railway Beeston to Batley, via
Tingley and Woodkirk
1939 (to passengers)
195? (to freight)
1964 (to all traffic)
Bedford to Northampton Line Midland Railway (LMS) Northampton to Bedford 1962 (to passengers)
1981 (to all traffic)
Benwick goods railway 1898 1966
Brightlingsea branch line GER? Wivenhoe to Brightlingsea    
Bristol and North Somerset Railway Great Western Railway Frome to Bristol 1958-9 (to passengers)
1963 (to all traffic)
Bodmin and Wadebridge Railway GWR/
LSWR (Southern Railway)
Bodmin Road to Wadebridge (via Bodmin General, Boscarne Junction and Grogley) 1967 (to passengers)
197? (to freight)
1983 (to all traffic)
Over 6 miles of Track now preserved, (between Bodmin Parkway and Boscarne Junction, via Bodmin General) as the
Bodmin & Wenford Railway
Botley to Bishops Waltham branch line LSWR Botley to Bishops Waltham 1962  
  SER Rochester Bridge Junction to Chatham Central   SER branch from North Kent Line to rival LCDR's Chatham Main Line - closed with advent of SECR circa 1890s
Cambridge to Mildenhall line GER Cambridge to Mildenhall 1965
Camerton branch line Great Western Railway Limpley Stoke to Hallatrow 21 September
1925 (to passengers)
15 February
1951 (to all traffic)
Canterbury and Whitstable Railway       known as the "Crab and Winkle Line" - 1830-1952
Lancashire & Yorkshire Rly Bolton to Castleton,
via Darcy lever, Bradley Fold and Broadfield
5 October
1970 (to all traffic)
4 mile section (between Bury and Heywood) now preserved as part of the East Lancashire Railway
Carlisle to Maryport line LMS Maryport to Carlisle,
via Baggrow and High Blaithwaite
1930 (to passengers)
1952 (to all traffic)
Chester & Connah's Quay Railway        
Chippenham to Calne branch line Great Western Railway Chippenham to Calne 1965
Churnet Valley line North Staffordshire Railway (LMS) North Rode (via Leek, Cheddleton and Oakamoor) to Uttoxeter 1964/65 Small upper section of the line (based at Rudyard, North of Leek) now forms as the "Minimum Gauge"
Rudyard Lake Railway
Whilst the section of line between Leekbrook Junction and Oakamoor "Sand Sidings" (via, Cheddleton, Consall and 'Kingsley & Froghall') (including the Cauldon Lowe branch) now survives as the preserved
Churnet Valley Railway.
Clayton West branch line L&YR (LMS) Shepley to Clayton West (via Skelmanthorpe) Closed in 1983 Most of the branch now preserved, as the Minimum Gauge
Kirklees Light Railway
Cleator and Workington Junction Railway London and North Western Railway (LMS) Workington to Cleator Moor 196? (to passengers)
1992 (to all traffic)
Cockermouth and Workington Railway LNWR (LMS) Workington to Cockermouth 196?
Cockermouth, Keswick and Penrith Railway LNWR (LMS) Penrith to Cockermouth (via Blencow, Troutbeck, Keswick and Bassenthwaite) 6 March
Most of the line, still remains, but now survives as a path
Colne Valley and Halstead Railway CV&HR Chappel & Wakes Colne to Haverhill 30 December 1961 (to passengers)
April 1965 (to all traffic)
Opened in stages from 1860 to 1863. In 1865, the GER opened a spur to Haverhill North and the LNER closed Haverhill South to passengers in 1924.
Part of the route, now survives as the preserved
Colne Valley Railway and the East Anglian Railway Museum is located at Chappel and Wakes Colne Station.
Cornhill Branch Line North Eastern Railway
Alnwick to Coldstream 196?
Corringham Light Railway Kynoch Thames Haven to Corringham via Kynochtown (now Coryton) 1952 Built under the 1896 Light Railways Act to link Kynoch's explosives factory to the London Tilbury and Southend Railway at Thames Haven and to Corringham. Corringham section closed 1952, remainder in upgraded form serves Coryton Refinery. (1900/1-1952).
Cranleigh Line Horsham & Guildford Direct Railway Horsham to Guildford via Cranleigh 14 June 1965  
Cromford and High Peak Railway        
Cross Gates-Wetherby line North Eastern Railway (LNER) Cross Gates to Wetherby via
Scholes, Thorner, Bardsey and Collingham Bridge
Dauntsy-Malmesbury branch line Great Western Railway Dauntsy to Malmesbury 1962
Derwent Valley Light Railway North Eastern Railway York to Selby, via Layerthorpe, Dunnington and Wheldrake 27 September
1981 (to all traffic)
Section of the Line, now preserved as a heritage railway
Devon and Cornwall Railway LSWR Exeter to Plymouth 1968 Opened in 1862. Closed between Meldon Junction and Bere Alston. Remainder of line still in use, mostly as a freight line.[1]
Part of the route now preserved (between Okehampton and Yeoford) as the Dartmoor Railway.
Didcot, Newbury and Southampton Railway DN&SR Didcot to Shawford Junction 1967  
Dover Marine or Dover Western Docks       For boat trains from Chatham Main Line / SER Main Line
Driffield to Malton line North Eastern Railway Malton to Driffield,
via Wharram, Burdale and Wetwang
1958 Part of the line, now being rebuilt as the heritage Yorkshire Wolds Railway
Duffield-Wirksworth branch line Midland Railway (LMS) Duffield to Wirksworth
(via Hazelwood, Shottle and Iridgehay)
1947 (to passengers)
196? (to goods)
1989 (to all traffic)
Entire branch now preserved as the
Ecclesbourne Valley Railway
Dursley branch line GWR Coaley Junction to Dursley 1962 (to passengers)
1968 (to freight)
1970 (to all traffic)
East Kent Light Rlys       A series of lines built under the 1896 Light Railways Act from 1911-17 around the East Kent Coalfield. Closed with decline of coalfield.
Part of the route between (Shepherdswell and Eythorne) now preserved as the East Kent Railway.
East Lincolnshire line Great Northern Railway (LNER) Boston to Grimsby, (via Firsby, Louth and Ludborough) 1970 (to passengers)
1980 (to all traffic)
Section of the line, now preserved (between Ludborough and North Thoresby) as the Lincolnshire Wolds Railway
Whilst part of the line from Boston to Skegness remains open (as part of the national network)
East Somerset line GWR Witham Friary to Wells (via Cranmore and Shepton Mallet) 1963 (to passengers)
1985 (to all traffic)
Part of the line now preserved, (between Cranmore and Shepton Mallet) as the East Somerset Railway
Eden Valley line Stockton and Darlington Railway (LNER) Penrith to Kirkby Stephen (via Temple Sowerby and Warcop) 1962/63 Part of the line, now survives (between Appleby East and Warcop) as the preserved Eden Valley Railway
Edgware, Highgate and London Railway        
Elham Valley line SER Canterbury West to Folkestone West, via
Bishopsbourne and Elham
1947 Opened in 1890 by SER, lasted until 1947. Branch Line ran for 16 miles
Eryholme-Richmond branch line Y&NR Eryholme to Richmond 1969 Opened in 1846. Catterick sub-branch constructed during WWI
Fairford branch line Oxford, Witney and Fairford Railway (GWR) Yarnton to Fairford,
via Witney
18 June 1962 (to passengers)
2 November
1970 (to all traffic)
Fairlop Loop Great Eastern Railway Woodford to Ilford 1956 Woodford to Newbury Park was transferred to London Underground Central line in 1947-8, but Ilford and Seven Kings to Newbury Park connections removed by 1956. Freight trains on remaining section operated by BR till 1965
Fallowfield Loop Line Great Central Rly (LNER) Manchester Central to
Fairfield, via Fallowfield
1983-8 (to all traffic)
Filey (Butlins Triangle) branch line London & North Eastern Railway Hunmanby to Filey, via
Filey Holiday Camp
17 July 1977 former station site, still standing/clearly visible, though disused and overgrown
Fleetwood branch line Preston and Wyre Joint Railway Poulton-le-Fylde to Fleetwood Opened in 1840
1 June 1970 (to passengers)
1999 (to all traffic)
Most of the branch is still in place (with the track also intact), but disused since goods traffic ceased in 1999,
Now being restored as the heritage Poulton & Wyre Railway
Garstang and Knot-End Railway GKER Garstang to Knott End-on-Sea 1963 Opened 1870 to Pilling, completed by Knott End Railway in 1908
Glasson Dock Branch LNWR Lancaster to Glasson Dock 1930 Opened 1883
Gloucester Loop Line Midland Railway (LMS) Barnt Green to Ashchurch,
via Alcester and Evesham
1962-5 (to all traffic) Part of the line, still extant as far as Redditch.
Gobowen to Welshpool line Cambrian Railway (GWR) Gobowen to Welshpool (via Oswestry, Llynclys, Pant, Llanymynech and Pool Quay) Closed in 1966 (to passengers)
Closed in 1971 (to freight)
Closed in 1988 (to all traffic)
Now being restored as a heritage railway (based at both Oswestry and Llynclys)
Grassington branch line Midland Railway (LMS) Skipton to Grassington, via Rylstone and Swinden 22 September
1930 (to passengers)
11 August 1969 (to freight)
Still extant, as far as Swinden (freight only)
Gravesend West Line LCDR Longfield Halt to Gravesend West 1968 Opened in 1886. Passenger traffic ceased in 1953.
Great Central Main Line Great Central Railway (LNER) London (Marylebone) to
Sheffield (Victoria)
Opened in 1899/1900
Closed in 1966-69
(in stages)/(to all traffic)
Parts of the GCR still open between London Marylebone to Verney Junction north of Aylesbury.
Whilst two sections of the former mainline route now preserved in-between Ruddington and Leicester North (via Gotham, Rushcliffe, East Leake, Loughborough, Quorn & Woodhouse, Swithland and Rothley), as the
Great Central Railway (Ruddington/Loughborough)
(A total of over 18 miles in length).
Great Northern and Great Eastern Joint Railway Great Northern Rly/
Great Eastern Rly (Jointly)
Drax to Huntingdon, via
Haxey Junction, Lincoln and March
Great Harwood Line Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway (LMS) Blackburn to Burnley
via Rishton, Great Harwood, Simonstone, Padiham and Rose Grove
1993 (to all traffic)
Opened in two stages between 1875 and 1877.
Known as the North Lancashire Loop
Most of the line, now converted to a path
Guisborough branch line NER Middlesbrough to Guisborough via Nunthorpe and Pinchinthorpe 1964
Gwinear-Helston branch line Great Western Rly Gwinear Road to Helston 1964 Section of the Branch, now preserved as the
Helston Railway
Hall Farm Curve Lea Valley Lines: connected Stratford to Tottenham Hale line with Liverpool Street to Chingford line. 1970 Potentially being reconstructed by 2019.
Haltwhistle-Alston branch line Newcastle & Carlisle Railway (NER) Haltwhistle to Alston
(via Featherstone Park, Lambley and Slaggyford)
1 May
4 miles of Track (between Alston and Slaggyford, via Kirkhaugh), now preserved as the Narrow Gauge
South Tynedale Railway
Harrogate to Northallerton line Leeds Northern Rly Co (NER) Harrogate to Northallerton, via
Ripon and Melmerby
1967-69 Formed part of the Leeds-Northallerton Railway
Haughley-Laxfield branch line GER Haughley to Laxfield 1952 (to passengers)
196? (to freight)
Part of the branch, now preserved (at Brockford) as the
Mid Suffolk Light Railway
Harborne branch line LNWR closed to passenger traffic in 1934 1963 The trackbed is now the harborne nature walkway. Part of the line could be reopened
Harpenden to Hemel Hempstead line Midland Railway
Harpenden to Hemel Hempstead 1959 (to regular traffic)
1979-82 (to all traffic)
Known as the Nickey Line,
Most of the route, now converted to a Path
Harrogate-Church Fenton line North Eastern Railway (LNER) Harrogate to Church Fenton via
Wetherby and Tadcaster
Hawes branch line Midland Railway (LMS) Garsdale to Hawes 1954
Hawkhurst branch line SER Paddock Wood to Hawkhurst 1961 Opened in 1892 and ran for a distance of 11½ miles.
Hayfield branch line Hayfield to New Mills 1970 Trackbed of the Line, now forms the Sett Valley Trail.
Haywards Heath to Horsted Keynes line London, Brighton & South Coast Rly Horsted Keynes to Haywards Heath, via Ardingly 28 October
Headcorn to Robertsbridge Line Kent & East Sussex Railway Co/
South Eastern Railway (SR)
Robertsbridge to Headcorn,
via Tenterden
1954 (to passengers)
1961 (to freight)
1970-2 (to all traffic)
1900 to 54/61 - Built under the 1896 Light Railways Act, with a large part of the whole line now closed,
10 miles of Track now preserved (between Tenterden and Bodiam, via Rolvenden, Wittersham Road and Northiam) as the heritage Kent and East Sussex Railway.
Another section of the Line (based at Robertsbridge), now also preserved.
Hereford, Ross and Gloucester Railway Great Western Railway Gloucester to Hereford via
Hexham to Riccarton Line Border Counties Railway
Hexham to Riccarton Junction, via Reedsmouth and Plashetts 1956 (to passengers)
1958 (to freight)
1963 (to all traffic)
A very short section of the line (including Saughtree station) now restored (but privately)
Hincaster branch line Furness Railway (LMS) Arnside to Hincaster,
via Sandside and Heversham
4 May 1942 (to passengers)
1966 (to freight)
1972 (to all traffic)
Higham Ferrers branch line Midland Railway (LMS) Wellingborough to Higham Ferrers (via Rushden) Closed in 1959 (to passengers)
Closed in 1971 (to all traffic)
A section of the branch, now preserved (around Rushden), as a Heritage Railway
Highworth branch line Great Western Railway Swindon to Highworth 2 March 1953 (to passengers)
1962 (to all traffic)
Holmfirth branch line Lancashire & Yorkshire Rly Brockholes to Holmfirth,
via Thongsbridge
31 October 1959 (to passengers)
28 April 1965 (to all traffic)
Honeybourne Line Great Western Railway Cheltenham to Stratford-upon-Avon (via Honeybourne) Opened in 1906,
Closed in 1960 (to passengers)
Closed in 1976 (to all traffic)
12 Miles of Track now preserved between Cheltenham and Laverton (via Gotherington, Winchcombe and Toddington) as the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway
Horncastle branch line Great Northern Railway Woodhall Junction to Horncastle 13 September
1954 (to passengers)
6 April 1971 (to all traffic)
Hull and Barnsley Railway North Eastern Rly Cudworth to Hull Paragon, via
Wrangbrook Junction, Drax Abbey and Little Weighton
193? (to passengers)
195? (to freight)
197? (to all traffic)
Hull to Holderness branch line NER   1964  
Hull to Hornsea branch line NER   1964  
Hythe and Sandgate Branch     1951 SER branch off SER main line at Sandling to Hythe, Kent and Sandgate.
Ilfracombe branch line Southern Railway     1970 (to passengers)
1975 (to all traffic)
Ingleton to Tebay line Lancaster and Carlisle Railway Ingleton to Tebay 1954 Opened 1861. Tracks lifted 1967.
Ilkley to Skipton Line Midland Railway Ilkley to Skipton (via Addingham, Bolton Abbey and Embsay) 22 March 1965 (to passengers)
January 1966 (to all traffic)
4 miles of Track, now preserved as the
Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway (in-between which form the latters name)
Kemble to Cirencester Branch Line GWR Kemble to Cirencester 6 April 1964
King's Lynn to Dereham line Great Eastern Railway (LNER) Dereham to King's Lynn,
via Swaffham
7 September
3 mile section (as far as Middleton Towers) still exists (freight only)
Kingswear branch line GWR Newton Abbot to Kingswear (via Torquay, Paignton and Churston) 1972 Part of the line between Newton Abbot and Paignton still open as part of the National Network's Riviera Line
Whilst 7 miles of Track are now preserved, (between Paignton and Kingswear, via Goodrington, Churston and Greenway) as the Dartmouth Steam Railway
Kirkburton branch line London & North Western Rly (LMS) Deighton to Kirkburton,
via Kirkheaton
28 July 1930 (to passengers)
5 April 1965 (to all traffic)
Kirkstead and Little Steeping Railway Great Northern Rly Firsby to Woodhall Junction 5 October 1970
Lambourn Valley Railway LVR Newbury to Lambourn 1973 Opened in 1893; part of the Great Western Railway from 1905.
Lancashire Union Railway LUR Blackburn to St Helens 1960 Opened in 1869; St Helens to Wigan still in use
Langton Dock Branch        
Leamington to Rugby line London and North Western Railway (LMS) Leamington Spa to Rugby    
Leeds and Bradford Extension Railway L&BER Skipton to Colne via
Elslack, Thornton-In-Craven, Earby and Foulridge
1970 Opened in 1848.
The Shipley-to-Skipton section of the line is still in use.
whilst the Skipton-Colne section is now closed
Leeds New line London & North Western Rly (LMS) Leeds to Huddersfield, via
Gomersal, Cleckheaton, Heckmondwike and Battyeford
1960-65 (to regular traffic, in stages)
1980 (to all traffic)
Now converted to a path
Leeds-Northallerton Railway LNER   1967-69 Opened in the 1850s, Leeds-Harrogate section still extant and open.
Leek and Manifold Valley Light Railway        
Leicester and Swannington Railway        
Leominster and Kington Railway Great Western Railway 1966 Small Section of the line, now privately preserved as the Kingfisher Line (at Titley Junction)
Lewes and East Grinstead Railway LB&SCR Lewes to East Grinstead (via Barcombe, Sheffield Park, Horsted Keynes and Kingscote) 1958 11 miles of Track now preserved, (between Sheffield Park and East Grinstead, via Horsted Keynes, West Hoathly and Kingscote) as the Bluebell Railway
Lincolnshire Loop Line Great Northern Railway Gainsborough to Peterborough, via Lincoln,
Woodhall Junction, Boston and Spalding
17 June 1963
"Little" North Western Railway NWR Morecambe to Wennington 1966 Opened in two stages in 1848 and 1849.
About two-thirds of the route (between Lancaster and Caton) is now a combined cyclepath and footpath.
The remainder of the line from Wennington to Skipton is still in use, (as is the other line north-west of Wennington).
Liverpool, Southport and Preston Junction Railway LS&PJR Southport to Altcar and Hillhouse 1952 Opened 1887. A short section through Meols Cop in Southport is still in use.
Long Melford-Bury St Edmunds branch line GER Long Melford to Bury St Edmunds 19 April 1965  
Macclesfield, Bollington and Marple Railway MSLR and NSR Macclesfield to Marple   1970
Malton to Thirsk line North Eastern Railway Thirsk to Malton, via
Manchester-Accrington Line Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway (LMS) Manchester to Accrington, (via Whitefield, Bury, Ramsbottom and Helmshore) 1972 (to passengers)
1980 (to all traffic)
A Lengthy Course of the Line, now preserved (between Bury Bolton Street and the site of Stubbins Junction via Summerseat and Ramsbottom) as part of the
East Lancashire Railway
Manchester, Buxton, Matlock and Midlands Junction Railway Midland Railway (LMS) Ambergate to Buxton, (via Matlock, Rowsley, Bakewell and Millers Dale) 1968 Part of the route, now preserved (between Matlock and Rowsley, via Darley Dale) as Peak Rail
Whilst the route beyond (south of) Matlock itself to Ambergate remains open as part of the National Network.
Mangotsfield and Bath Branch Line Midland Railway (LMS/GWR) Mangotsfield to Bath Green Park (via Bitton) 1966 (to passengers)
1971 (to all traffic)
Part of the Line, now preserved (between Oldland Common and Avon Riverside, via Bitton) as the Avon Valley Railway
Margate Sands branch line South Eastern & Chatham Railway (SR) 19??
Melbourne Line London Midland & Scottish Railway Derby to Ashby de la Zouch,
via Melbourne
21 May 1980
Meltham branch line Lancashire & Yorkshire Rly Lockwood to Meltham,
via Netherton
21 May 1949 (to passengers)
3 April 1965 (to all traffic)
Melmerby-Masham branch line NER Melmerby to Masham, via
West Tanfield
1931 (to passengers)
1963 (to all traffic)
Meon Valley line London & South Western Rly Fareham to Alton,
via Wickham and Droxford
5 February
1955 (to passengers)
30 April 1962 (to freight)
1968 (to all traffic)
Micklehurst Loop Line London & North Wetsern Rly (LMS) Diggle to Staybridge, via Uppermill Friezland and Micklehurst 1 January
1917 (to passengers)
15 June 1964 (to Freight)
3 October 1966 (to further traffic)
Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway GNR/
Merger of earlier railways
  Closed in 1959 (to passengers)
Closed in 1964 (to all traffic)
Cromer-Sheringham section still extant as part of the nearby Bittern Line
Whilst Over 5 miles of Track now preserved (between Sheringham & High Kelling, via Weybourne) as the
North Norfolk Railway
Midland and South Western Junction Railway GWR/
Merger of earlier railways
Cheltenham to Andover 1961 Section of the line, between (Hayes Knoll and Taw Valley halt, via Blunsdon) now preserved as the
Swindon & Cricklade Railway
Minehead branch line Great Western Railway Norton Fitzwarren to Minehead via, Crowcombe-Heathfield, Williton and Blue Anchor 1 February
1971 (to all traffic)
Most of the branch, (At an amazing 22 miles in length), now preserved between Minehead and Norton Fitzwarren (via, Blue Anchor, Williton and 'Crowcombe-Heathfield') as the West Somerset Railway
Muswell Hill Railway        
Nantwich to Market Drayton Line GWR Market Drayton to Nantwich, via Adderley, Coxbank and Audlem 1963 (to passengers)
1967 (to freight)
1970 (to all traffic)
Northallerton to Hawes line Northallerton to Hawes (via Leeming Bar, Leyburn and Aysgarth) Closed in 1954 (to passengers)
Closed in 1992 (to all traffic)
An Astonishing 22 miles of track now preserved, (between Redmire and Northallerton, via Leyburn, Finghall, Bedale, Leeming Bar and Scruton) as the Wensleydale Railway
Northampton to Market Harborough line London and North Western Railway (LMS) Northampton to Market Harborough 16 August
1981 (to all traffic)
A section of the route, now preserved as the
Northampton & Lamport Railway
North Cornwall Railway LSWR Halwill Junction to Padstow
(via Launceston, Camelford and Wadebridge)
1964 2 miles of Track now preserved, as the Narrow Gauge
Launceston Steam Railway
North Devon and Cornwall Junction Light Railway North Devon Railway (LSWR) Torrington to Halwell Junction (via Meeth and Hatherleigh) 1964/65 (to passengers)
1978 (to freight)
1982 (to all traffic)
Small section (based at Torrington) now being preserved as the proposed Tarka Valley Railway
North Lindsey Light Railway NLLR Scunthorpe to Whitton   Short section of the line still open, (freight only)
North Liverpool Extension Line        
Nuneaton to Ashby Junction line Ashby and Nuneaton Joint Railway
(LNWR/Midland Railway)
Nuneaton Abbey Street to Ashby Junction,
via Shackerstone
1965 (to passengers)
1971 (to all traffic)
5 miles of Track, now preserved (between Shackerstone and Shenton, via Market Bosworth) as the Battlefield Line
Okehampton to Bude Line London & South Western Rly Okehampton to Bude,
via Halwill Junction and Holsworthy
1 October 1966
Otley and Ilkley Joint Railway North Eastern Rly Arthington to Ilkley,
via Otley and Pool-in-Wharfedale
5 July 1965 (to both passengers and all traffic)
Oxenhope branch line Midland Railway (LMS) Keighley to Oxenhope via
Ingrow, Damems, Oakworth and Haworth
Closed in 1962
Re-opened in 1968
Entire branch now preserved, as the
Keighley & Worth Valley Railway
Oxford to Cambridge Line       Section from Bedford to Bletchley still open (as the Marston Vale Line)
Palace Gates Line        
Peterborough to Northampton line LMS Northampton to Peterborough (East) 1968 (to passengers)
1972 (to all traffic)
Over 7 miles of Track, now preserved (between Yarwell Junction and Peterborough, via Wansford, Ferry Meadows and Orton Mere), as the Nene Valley Railway
Pickle Bridge Line Lancashire & Yorkshrie Rly (LMS) Cooper Bridge to Norwood Green, via Bailiff Bridge 1934 (to passengers)
1952 (to all traffic)
Pilmoor, Boroughbridge and Knaresborough Railway North Eastern Railway Knaresborough to Pilmoor,
via Boroughbridge
Potteries Loop Line        
Preston-Longridge branch line P&LR Preston to Longridge 1930 Opened 1840 as horse-drawn tramway; converted to steam 1848. Most of track removed in 1967, but one mile of track in Preston remains, but disused
Queensbury Lines Great Northern Railway/
Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway
Bradford to Halifax,
Halifax to Keighley, &
Keighley to Bradford, via
1955 (to passengers)
1960-5 (to freight)/in-stages
1972-4 (to all traffic)
Keighley-Queensbury section now forming as a cycle-route/footpath
Ramsgate Town branch line South Eastern & Chatham Railway (SR) 1926
Ringwood Line Southampton and Dorchester Railway Hamworthy to Brockenhurst 1977 The section between Hamworthy and Wimborne was closed in 1966, and the section between Wimborne and Brockenhurst between 1974 and 1977.
Ripley Branch Line Midland Railway
Derby to Langley Mill,
via Ripley
1930 (to passengers)
1957-68 (to regular traffic)
1999 (to all traffic)
Rishworth branch line Lancashire & Yorkshrie Rly Sowerby Bridge to Rishworth 1929 (to passengers)
19?? (to all traffic)
Rochdale to Bacup Line Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway Rochdale to Bacup,
via Whitworth and Shawforth
"Romney Marsh Line"       Branch from Marshlink Line at Appledore, Kent to Dungeness and New Romney, part of the line is still used for freight to Dungeness nuclear power station - closed circa 1967
Rothbury branch line North British Railway
Scotsgap to Rothbury, via
Longwitton, Ewesley, Fontburn and Brinkburn
1952 (to passengers)
1963 (to freight)
Rugby to Peterborough line Midland Railway (LMS) Rugby to Peterborough (East) 6 June 1966
"Rye Harbour Branch"       Branch from Marshlink Line at Rye railway station to the town distant Harbour (1854 to 1962)
Ryedale Line   Pickering to Pilmoor, via
Kirkbymoorside, Helmsley and Gilling
St Helens and Runcorn Gap Railway        
Staines West branch line Great Wetsern Railway (GWR) West Drayton to Staines (West) 1961-5 (to passengers)
1981 (to freight)
The Line is still extant, but only as far as Colnbrook, (but sadly disused)
Saffron Walden Railway   Audley End to Bartlow December 1964  
Salisbury and Dorset Junction Railway        
Scarborough to Pickering line North Eastern Rly Seamer to Pickering, via
Forge Valley, Wykeham and Thornton-le-Dale
1953 (to passengers)
1963 (to all traffic)
Known as the Forge Valley line
Scarborough to Whitby branch line NER Scarborough to Whitby, (via Cloughton, Stainton Dale, Ravenscar and Robin Hood's Bay) 22 March 1965
31 October 1967 (to all traffic)
Now a cycle/footpath route
Seaton branch line LSWR (Southern Railway) Seaton Junction to Seaton via
Colyton and Colyford
7 March
Part of the line, now preserved as the
Seaton Tramway
Selby to Driffield Line North Eastern Railway Selby to Driffield, via
Market Weighton
20 September 1954 (to passengers)
30 June 1965 (to all traffic)
Selby to Goole Line North Eastern Railway Selby to Goole,
via Drax
15 June 1964
Severn and Wye Railway GWR Lydney to Lydbrook, (via Whitecroft, Parkend, Speech House Road and Serridge Junction) 1977 Over 4 miles of Track, now preserved (between Lydney and Parkend, via Norchard and Whitecroft) as the
Dean Forest Railway
Severn Valley Line West Midland Railway
Kidderminster to Shrewsbury 1963 16 miles of track now preserved (between Bridgnorth and Kidderminster, via Hampton Loade and Bewdley) as the Severn Valley Railway
Sharpness branch line Severn & Wye Railway
Berkeley Road to Severn Bridge,
via Sharpness
1964 (to passengers)
Sheppey Light Railway       SECR branch off Sheerness Line - 1901-1950 - Built under the 1896 Light Railways Act.
Shropshire Union Railways and Canal Company        
Sidmouth Line London & South Western Rly (SR) Exmouth to Feniton, via
'Budleigh Salterton', Sidmouth and Ottery St Mary
8 May 1967 (to all traffic)
Skelmersdale branch line ELR Ormskirk to Rainford Junction 1956 Opened 1858; goods service continued to 1963
Somerset & Dorset Joint Line Merger of earlier railways Bath to Broadstone, with branch from Evercreech Junction to Burnham-on-Sea and Bridgwater 6 March 1966 Opened 1862 as the result of the amalgamation of the Somerset Central Railway and the Dorset Central Railway. Original route ran from Burnham-on-Sea and Bridgwater to Broadstone, continuing over London and South Western lines to Poole and Bournemouth. In 1863 the line from Evercreech Junction to Bath was built. Railway was closed in 1966.[2]
Part of the line (Based at Midsomer Norton) is preserved,
Whilst a Second section (Based at Shillingstone) is also preserved as the North Dorset Railway
With a Third in-between now forming the Gartell Light Railway.
Southport and Cheshire Lines Extension Railway SCLER Southport to Aintree 1952 Opened 1884. Tracks lifted 1860. Almost all of the route is now a cycle path.
South Devon and Tavistock Railway GWR Plymouth to Launceston (via Tavistock) 1962 Part of the line, now preserved (between Marsh Mills and Plym Bridge) as the Plym Valley Railway
South Durham and Lancashire Union Railway Lancaster & Carlisle Railway (L&CR) Tebay to Bishop Auckland
(via Kirkby Stephen, Barras and Barnard Castle)
1962/63 Section of the line, now preserved (at Kirkby Stephen East) as the Stainmore Railway
South Staffordshire Line South Staffordshire Railway Stourbridge to Walsall 19 March 1993 (section between Brierley Hill and Walsall closed)
South Yorkshire Lines South Yorkshire Railway (LNER) Swinton Junction-Doncaster
Upper part of the SYR Elsecar Colliery line (A Sole-Remaining part of the SYR) now preserved as the
Elsecar Heritage Railway
Spen Valley line Lancashire & Yorkshire Rly (LMS) Low Moor to Mirfield,
via Cleckheaton, Liversedge and Heckmondwike
14 June 1965 (to passengers)
31 May 1969 (to all traffic)
Most of the Line, now converted to a Greenway cycle/path
Spilsby branch line Great Northern Rly Firsby to Spilsby 1939 (to passengers)
1958 (to all traffic)
Stafford and Uttoxeter Railway        
Stoke-on-Trent to Market Drayton Line North Staffordshire Railway
Stoke-on-Trent to Market Drayton via,
Newcastle-under-Lyme, Silverdale and Pipe Gate
1964 (to passengers)
1966/67 (to freight)
1998 (to all traffic)
Most of the former line, still in existence, but completely disused
Stoke-on-Trent to Leek Line North Staffordshire Railway
Stoke-on-Trent to Leek 196? (to passengers)
1988 (to freight)
Could be re-opened as a commuter route (to put Leek back on the National Network)
Stonebridge Railway BDJR Hampton to Whitacre Junction 1935 First Main-line to be singled in 1840
Stour Valley Railway   Shelford to Marks Tey 6 March 1967 Eastern end remains open as the Gainsborough Line
Southsea Railway        
Steyning Line LB&SCR Horsham to Shoreham-by-Sea 7 March 1966 Trackbed is now part of Downs Link footpath
Stratford-upon-Avon and Midland Junction Railway Midland Railway Broom Junction to Bedford,
via Fenny Compton and Towcester
7 April 1952 (to passengers)
3 February
1964 (to all traffic)
Tanfield Colliery branch line Built in
Gateshead Junction to
Tanfield Colliery
1962-70 (to all traffic, in stages) Mainly a freight-only wooden-wagonway/colliery line, through-out it's heyday.
Part of the former Colliery Line, now preserved as the Heritage Tanfield Railway
LBSCR link between Oxted Line and SER's Hastings Line        
Tetbury branch line Great Western Railway Kemble to Tetbury, via
Rodmarton and Culkerton
6 April 1964
Tewksbury Line Midland Railway (LMS/GWR) Great Malvern to Ashchurch,
via Tewksbury
1961 (to passengers)
1963 (to freight)
Thetford to Bury St Edmunds line GER Bury St Edmunds to Thetford 8 June 1953 (to passengers)
27 June 1960 (to all traffic)
Thetford to Swaffham branch line Great Eastern Railway (LNER) Thetford to Swaffham,
via Watton and Roudham Junction
15 June 1964
Totnes-Ashburton branch line BT&SDR (GWR) Totnes to Ashburton
(via Staverton and Buckfastleigh)
1958 (to passengers)
1962 (to goods)
7 miles of Track now preserved (between Totnes and Buckfastleigh, via Staverton) as the South Devon Railway
Tunbridge Wells to Eridge Line LB&SCR/SR Eridge to Tunbridge Wells
(via Groombridge)
6 July 1985 Over 5 miles of Track, now preserved (between Eridge and Tunbridge Wells West, via Groombridge) as the
Spa Valley Railway
Tweedmouth to Kelso Line North Eastern Railway
Tweedmouth to Kelso,
via Coldstream
Uffington-Faringdon branch line Great Western Rly Uffington to Faringdon 196?
Ulverston-Lakeside branch line Furness Railway (LMS) Ulverston to Lakeside
(via Greenodd and Haverthwaite)
6 September
3 miles of Track, now preserved as the
Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway, (in-between which form the latters name)
Uppingham branch line London & North Western Rly Seaton (Rutland) to Uppingham Opened in 1894
Closed in 1960
Uxbridge branch line Great Western Rly 196?
Wallingford branch line GWR Cholsey to Wallingford Closed in 1969 (to passengers)
1981 (to all traffic)
Entire branch now preserved as the
Cholsey & Wallingford Railway, (in-between which form the latters name)
Watlington branch line Great Western Rly Princes Risborough to Watlington, via Chinnor and Aston Rowant 1957 (to passengers)
1989 (to all traffic)
4 miles of Track now preserved, as the
Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway (in-between which form the latters name)
Wansbeck Line North British Railway
Morpeth to Reedsmouth, via
1952 (to passengers)
1963 (to freight)
1966 (to all traffic)
Wareham-Swanage branch line LSWR Wareham to Swanage
(via Corfe Castle)
3 January
Most of the branch now preserved (currently between Nordon and Swanage, via Corfe Castle and Harman's Cross), as the Swanage Railway
Watford and Rickmansworth Railway        
Waveney Valley Line GER Tivetshall to Beccles 19 April
Passenger services withdrawn 3 January 1953
Wealden Line LB&SCR Lewes to Uckfield 23 February
1969 (to all traffic)
Opened 1856. The line north of Lewes remains open.
A section of the line now preserved (between Isfield and Little Horsted) as the Lavender Line
Wearhead branch line NER Bishop Auckland to Wearhead (via Frosterley and Stanhope) 196? (to passengers)
1993 (to all traffic)
Most of the line now preserved, (between Bishop Auckland and Stanhope, via Harperley, Wolsingham and Frosterley) as the Weardale Railway
Weedon to Marton Junction Line LNWR Weedon Bec to Marton Junction. 1963 Opened 1888-95
Wellington-Craven Arms Line GWR (formation of three earlier companies) Wellington to Craven Arms via
Horsehay & Dawley, Lightmoor Junction, Buildwas, Much Wenlock and Rushbury
196? (to passengers)
19?? (to all traffic)
Section of the Line, now preserved as the
Telford Steam Railway
Wellington to Market Drayton Line Market Drayton to Wellington, via
Peplow and Crudgington
1963 (to passengers)
1967 (to freight)
West Croydon to Wimbledon Line   West Croydon to Wimbledon via Mitcham Junction 31 May 1997 Only bits of the line remain. The Croydon Tramlink now runs in its place. This line in the last few years of service ran Class 456's in Network South East livery.
West Lancashire line WLR Preston to Southport 1964
West Norfolk line Great Eastern Railway (LNER) Heacham to Wells-next-the-Sea, via Burnham Market 31 May 1952 (to passengers)
1953/4 (to all traffic)
Westerham Valley branch line SER Dunton Green to Westerham 1961 off SER main line, see Westerham and Brasted
Weston, Clevedon and Portishead Railway        
Weymouth Harbour Tramway        
Whitby and Pickering Railway NER Malton to Whitby (via Marishes Road, Pickering, Grosmont and Sleights) 22 March 1965 An Amazing 25 miles of Track now preserved, (between Pickering and Whitby, via Levisham, Newton Dale, Goathland and Grosmont) as the
North Yorkshire Moors Railway
Whitby, Redcar and Middlesbrough Union Railway   Whitby to Middlesbrough,
via Redcar
1958 Part of the line (between Saltburn and Boulby near Staithes) still open (freight only)
Whitehaven, Cleator and Egremont Railway LNWR/Furness Railway 1954 (to regular traffic)
1964 (to all traffic)
Winchester to Brookwood line LSWR (Alton, Alresford and Winchester Railway) Winchester to Brookwood (via Itchen Abbas, Alresford, Ropley, Alton and Farnham) 5 February
10 miles of Track now preserved (between Alton and Alresford, via Ropley) as the Watercress Line
Whilst the rest of the line, (North of Alton) is now the present day local-commuter Alton Line, respectively
Wirral Line (Hooton to West Kirby branch)        
Wisbech branch line GER March to Wisbech
(via Coldham)
1968 (to passengers)
2001 (to all traffic)
Most of the line, now being restored (and preserved) as a
heritage railway
Witham-Maldon branch line Maldon, Witham & Braintree Railway Witham to Maldon 1966  
Woodford-Ongar Tube line Central London Railway/
Eastern Counties Railway (LNER)
Woodford to Ongar via
Buckhurst Hill, Loughton, Debden, Theydon Bois and Epping
1994 (Ongar section, only) Woodford to Epping section of the line still open (as part of the London Underground's Central line service,
whilst the section beyond is now preserved as the
Epping Ongar Railway (in-between which form the latter's name)
Woodhead Line   Manchester to Sheffield, via Penistone and Wath 1981 Part of the route still open, only as far as Hadfield, (although could return only as far as Woodhead station itself, within the not-too distant future)
Woodside and South Croydon Railway LBSCR Sanderstead to Elmers End 1983 Also known as the "Back Garden Railway";
Wroxham-County School Line Great Eastern Railway (LNER) Wroxham to County School 1952/64 (to passengers)
1981 (to freight)
1982/3 (to all traffic)
9 miles of Track, now preserved (between Aylsham and Wroxham) as the Minimum Gauge Bure Valley Railway
Known (throughout it's heyday) as the East Norfolk Line
Wymondham-Wells Line Great Eastern Railway (LNER) Wymondham to Wells (via Thuxton, Dereham, Fakenham and Walsingham) 1964-89 (closed in stages) Upper section now forms the Wells and Walsingham Light Railway (in-between which forms the latter's name)
Whilst Around 17 miles of track are now preserved, (between Wymondham and County School, via Hardingham, Thuxton, Yaxham, Dereham, Hoe and North Elmham) as the
Mid Norfolk Railway
Yarmouth to Beccles Line Great Eastern Railway Beccles to Great Yarmouth,
via Haddiscoe
2 November
Yarmouth to Lowestoft Line Great Eastern Railway Lowestoft to Great Yarmouth, via
Hopton-on-Sea and Gorleston-on-Sea
13 July 1964
4 May 1970 (to all traffic, officially)
Yate-Thornbury branch line Midland Railway (LMS) Yate to Thornbury,
via Tytherington
19 June 1944 (to passengers)
2013 (to all traffic)
Yeadon branch line Midland Railway (LMS) Guiseley to Yeadon 7 August 1964 Mainly a Goods-only branch throughout its existing heyday
York to Beverley Line NER York to Beverley (via Kiplingcotes, Market Weighton, Pocklington and Stamford Bridge) 1965  


See also
Name of Line Builder Route (From/To) Closure Date Notes
Aberdeen Railway     1952-67 (to passengers)
1981 (to all traffic)
4 miles of Track now preserved, (between Brechin and Bridge of Dun) as the Caledonian Railway (Brechin)
Arbroath and Forfar Railway Caledonian Railway
Arbroath to Forfar 1967
Ballater branch line GNoSR Aberdeen to Ballater 18 July 1966 Part of the route, now preserved as the
Royal Deeside Railway
Border Union Railway North British Railway
Carlisle to Hawick, via
Newcastleton and Riccarton
1969 Part of the Waverley Route in-between
Bridge of Weir Railway        
Cairnryan Military Railway        
Callander and Oban Railway        
Crieff and Methven Junction Railway        
Dalry and North Johnstone Line        
Darvel and Strathaven Railway        
Darvel Branch Line        
Dunblane, Doune and Callander Railway        
Edinburgh, Loanhead and Roslin Railway LNER 196?
Elvanfoot-Wanlockhead Branch Line Caledonian Railway (LMS) Elvanfoot to Wanlockhead
(via Leadhills)
31 December 1938 (to passengers)
195? (to all traffic)
Section of the branch now forms as the Narrow Gauge
Leadhills & Wanlockhead Railway
Formartine and Buchan Railway Great North of Scotland Railway
Fountainhall-Lauder Branch Line LNER Fountainhall to Lauder,
via Oxton
Galashiels to Eskbank line North British Railway
Eskbank to Galashiels, via
Leadburn and Peebles
1962 (to passengers)
1967 (to freight)
1971 (to all traffic)
Galashiels-Selkirk Branch Line North British Railway (LNER) Galashiels to Selkirk 3 October
Greenock and Ayrshire Railway        
Invergarry and Fort Augustus Railway        
Inverness and Perth Junction Railway Highland Railway   1964 10 miles of Track now preserved, (between Aviemore and Broomhill, via Boat of Garten) as the Strathspey Railway
Jedburgh branch line North British Railway
Keith and Dufftown Railway (GNoSR) GNoSR   1964 11 miles of track now preserved, between Dufftown and Keith (via, Drummuir and Auchindachy) as the heritage
Keith and Dufftown Railway (in-between which form the latters name)
Killin Railway        
Kincardine Line        
Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway        
Lanarkshire and Dunbartonshire Railway        
Lochearnhead, St Fillans and Comrie Railway        
Macmerry and Gillford branch lines North British Railway
Maidens and Dunure Railway        
Montrose and Bervie Railway Montrose to Bervie Great North of Scotland Railway
Morayshire Railway Morayshire Railway (LNER) Elgin to Lossiemouth and
Elgin to Craigellachie
28 March 1966 (to passengers)
4 November 1968 (to all traffic)
Paisley and Renfrew Railway        
Perth, Almond Valley & Methven Railway        
Slamannan and Borrowstounness Railway closed 196? Over 5 miles of Track now preserved (between Manuel Junction and Bo'ness, via Birkhill and Kinneil Halt) as the Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway
Stirling and Dunfermline Railway        
St Boswells-Kelso Line North British Railway
St Boswells to Kelso 1964 (to passengers)
1968 (to freight)
Sutherland and Caithness Railway        
Waverley Line North British Railway (LNER) Carlisle to Edinburgh via
Scotch Dyke, Newcastleton, Whitrope, Hawick, Tweedbank, Galashiels and Eskbank
4 January 1969 (to passengers)
1971 (to all traffic)
Parts of the line, now currently being rebuilt (between Edinburgh and Tweedbank), as part of the National Network

Whilst the section of the line (Based at Whitrope) now preserved (and being restored) as the Border Union Railway (by the Waverley Route Heritage Association)
Wick and Lybster Railway        


Name of Line Builder Route (From/To) Closure Date Notes
Aberayron branch line GWR Lampeter to Aberayron, via Blaenplwyf and "Felin Fach" 196? (to passengers)
1973 (to all traffic)
Anglesey Central Railway London & North Western Rly (LMS) Gaerwen to Amlwch,
via Llanerchymedd
1993 (to all traffic)
Bala and Festiniog Railway GWR Blaenau Ffestiniog to Bala, via
Llan Ffestiniog and Trawsfynydd
1961 (to passengers)
1998 (to all traffic)
Most of the Track, still intact between Blaenau Ffestiniog and Trawsfynydd, but now since disused)
Bangor and Carnarvon Railway Menai Bridge to Caernarvon 1972 (to all traffic)
Bethesda branch line 1951 (to passengers)
1962 (to all traffic)
Brecon to Hereford Line Hereford, Hay & Brecon Railway
Brecon to Hereford via
Brecon and Merthyr Tydfil Junction Railway GWR Merthyr Tydfil to Brecon 1964 (to passengers)
1985 (to all traffic)
A Total of 5 Miles of Track now preserved, (between Pant and Torpantau, via Pontsticill and Dol-Y-Gaer Loop) as the Narrow Gauge Brecon Mountain Railway
Brynmawr and Blaenavon Railway Pontypool to Brynmawr (via Blaenavon) 1941 (to passengers)
1980 (to all traffic)
Part of the Line, now preserved as the heritage
Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway
Burry Port and Gwendraeth Valley Railway        
Carmarthen to Aberystwyth Line GWR Aberystwyth to Carmarthen 1965 (to passengers)
1973 (to all traffic)
Part of the Line, now preserved (between Abergwili Junction and Danycoed Halt, via Bronwydd Arms and Llwyfan Cerrig) as the Heritage Gwili Railway
Carnarvonshire Railway        
Coleford, Monmouth, Usk & Pontypool Railway CUMPR Monmouth to Pontypool 12 October 1957 The line never reached Coleford due to the fact that GWR bought it.[3] Passenger services were withdrawn in 1955.
Denbigh, Ruthin and Corwen Railway        
Denbigh & Mold Junction Railway        
Dyserth branch line London & North Western Rly Prestatyn to Dyserth 1973 (to all traffic)
Hay-on-Wye to Pontrilas Line Great Western Railway Hay-on-Wye to Pontrilas, via Dorstone and Abbeydore 1953 (to passengers)
1957 (to all traffic)
Holywell Town branch line London & North Western Rly Holywell Junction to Holywell Town 1954-7 (in stages, to all traffic)
Llantrisant & Taff Vale Junction Railway Great Western Rly 1984 (to all traffic)
Merthyr, Tredegar and Abergavenny Railway Great Western Rly 1957-8 (to all traffic)
Mold and Denbigh Junction Railway M&DJR Co 30 April 1962 (to passengers)
1968 (to freight)
1983-8 (to all traffic)
Neath and Brecon Railway Great Western Railway Brecon to Neath 196?
Newcastle Emlyn branch line GWR (Carmarthen and Cardigan Railway) 1965 (to passengers)
1973 (to all traffic)
A section of the line (at over 2 miles in length) now preserved, (between Henllan and Pontgoch, via Pontprenshitw) as the Narrow Gauge
Teifi Valley Railway
Newtown to Brecon Line Mid-Wales Railway
ogmore and Llynvi Valley lines Great Western Rly 19??
Rhondda and Swansea Bay Railway Great Western Rly Swansea to Treherbert,
via Aberaven Town and Blaengwynfi
1962 (to regular traffic)
1983 (to all traffic)
Ruabon to Barmouth Line GWR Ruabon to Barmouth
(via Llangollen, Glyndyfrydwy, Corwen, Llandderfel, Bala and Dolgellau)
1964-5 (to passengers)
1968 (to all traffic)
Two sections (of the former line) now preserved, as the
Llangollen Railway (between Corwen and Llangollen, via Carrog, Glyndyfrydwy and Berwyn), A total of 10 miles in length and the
Bala Lake Railway (between Llanuwchllyn and Bala, via Pentrepiod and Llangower), A total of over 4 miles in length.
Swansea and Mumbles Railway        
Tondu to Blaengarw line GWR? Tondu to Blaengarw (via Brynmenyn, Pontyrhyl and Pontycymmer) Closed in 1955 (to passengers)
1997 (to freight)
Most of the line now being restored as the heritage
Garw Valley Railway
Vale of Clwyd Railway        
Wye Valley line WVR Chepstow to Monmouth 4 January 1964 Passenger Services were withdrawn on 4 January 1959.
Freight trains carrying Limestone to Dayhouse Quarries continued until 1992.[3]

See also

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  1. ^ Morrison, Brian (ed.). "The Meldon Quarry Branch". Modern Railways Pictorial, 1986. Ian Allan. p. 16. ISBN . 
  2. ^ Peters, Ivo (1974). The Somerset and Dorset - An English Cross Country Railway. Oxford Publishing Company. ISBN . 
  3. ^ a b B. M. Handley and R. Dingwall, The Wye Valley Railway and the Coleford Branch, 1982, ISBN 0-85361-530-6
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