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Shrewsbury and Birmingham Railway

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The Shrewsbury and Birmingham Railway opened on 12 November 1849. It merged with the Great Western Railway (GWR) in January 1 September 1854.

The company formed originally as the Shrewsbury and Wolverhampton, Dudley and Birmingham Railway in 1844, it became Shrewsbury and Birmingham Railway in 1847.

When the section from Shrewsbury to Wellington, which was shared with the Shropshire Union Railways and Canal Company, opened on 1 June 1849, the railway began to run trains to and from Oakengates.

The railway finally opened on 12 November 1849 and is still used today as the Wolverhampton to Shrewsbury Line.