Shropshire railways and Shropshire disused railways can be explored through videos, pictures and text on this website. The Severn Valley Railway, The Telford Steam Railway and the Cambrian Heritage Railway are also heavily featured. Many of the old lines have been opened up as Railway Walks across the length and breadth of Shropshire. Learn about their history, the changes it brought to the local communities and the legacy they have left in their demise. Many have similar stories to tell from their relatively short histories, however they also retain a unique presence on the Shropshire landscape in their own right.Watch out for updates as developments happen in 2017. Recent updates included the extension to Lawley common of the Telford Steam Railway and the development of the cyclepath to the East of Newport on the Wellington to Stafford Railway. 2017 will hopefully bring good news for rail enthusiasts following the closure of Ironbridge Power Station in November 2015. Click on the tabs above to find my video journeys. Click on pictures in the picture gallery to enlarge; then use arrow keys to progress or press spacebar for a slideshow (recommended)My main reference is ‘Lost Railways Of Shropshire’ by Leslie Oppitz, which can be bought on Amazon.
About the Author
Sadly the author of the site Malcolm Webster passed away 14th May 2018 at 2:30 pm. He’ had been unwell for the last few months of his life having been diagnosed with terminal cancer only weeks before, and despite his determination to fight it in any way possible, and to enjoy whatever time remained to him, the deterioration in his condition was extremely rapid and tragically he passed away 14th May 2018 at 2:30 pm. All those who knew Malcolm were very sad when he was diagnosed with terminal cancer and his passing so quickly came as quite a shock to us all.Malcolm was passionate about railways as this site shows. He was also Vice Chairman of St Georges Cricket Club in Telford Shropshire. His legacy there will not be forgotten; It was he who suggested and implemented an “entry level” coaching group for the youngest primary school children – “The Junior Dragons”. This, many years before the “AllStars” scheme was introduced by the national governing body ECB. Michael Waldron St Georges CC said “There are many people who keep the club going by putting something back: players, ex-players, and parents. This a great thing which we always try to encourage. Malcolm was unique in this respect. He was neither a player nor a parent. He had taken nothing out of the club. All he did was contribute. We have lost a very valuable member but more importantly a good friend. He was also heavily involved with the organisation of local schools football. In his working life he was a primary school teacher, and latterly was responsible for home-educated children. Many of his former pupils and their parents have posted messages during his illness. Too many to list here, but the phrase that cropped up time and time again was “He was the best teacher I ever had”. I know that these comments gave him great comfort during the last weeks of his life.”Malcolm, when he knew the seriousness of his condition was concerned about this website. I assured him it would remain online as the information it gave was a great resource and should remain available after the time anything happened to him. I’m not a railway person myself but I know what this project meant to my friend and will honour his wish.