The LNWR Coalport Branch - Part 1
After the construction of the Wellington and Severn Junction Railway (W&SJR) and it being included in the GWR network, the LNWR found it necessary to take an interest in the Shropshire Canal as an alternative means of accessing the area.
The industrial areas immediately North of the River Severn were served by a whole series of tramroads which linked to the River Severn or to the Shropshire Canal and eventually to the W&SJR. Increasing problems with the Shropshire Canal led the LNWR to conclude that it needed to replace it, and the Coalport Branch was the result.
This is the first of a series of articles about the line:
Wikipedia provides this schematic map of the Coalport Branch which highlights the key stations and sidings.  History The history of the Coalport Branch begins with competition between rival rail…