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Railway Companies acquired by the GWR

Note: Where the acquisition of a larger railway company, for example the West Midland Railway,
also includes several smaller companies, the date shown in
red
is of the acquisition by that larger company.


Date of acquisition Railway Company Length of line
10 May 1844 Cheltenham and Great Western Union Railway. 20 miles
10 May 1844 Oxford Railway 9 miles
14 July 1846 Berkshire and Hampshire Railway 22 miles
22 July 1847 Great Western and Uxbridge Railway 5 miles
31 August 1848 Birmingham and Oxford Junction Railway 24 miles
14 May 1846 Oxford and Rugby Railway Not opened
01 July 1851 Avon and Gloucestershire Railway 5 miles
01 September 1854 Shrewsbury and Birmingham Railway 38 miles
01 September 1854 Shrewsbury and Chester Railway 41 miles
01 September 1854 Shrewsbury, Oswestry and Chester Junction Railway 4 miles
01 September 1854 North Wales Mineral Railway 14 miles
29 July 1862 Hereford, Ross and Gloucester Railway 22 miles
01 August 1863 Chipping Norton Railway 4 miles
01 August 1863 West Midland Railway 198
2 July 1847 Forest of Dean Railway 7 miles
01 January 1846 Hereford Railway 13 miles
03 August 1846 Llanvihangel Railway 6 miles
01 January 1860 Newport, Abergavenny and Hereford Railway 38 miles
01 January 1860 Oxford, Worcester and Wolverhampton Railway 89 miles
01 January 1852 Stratford and Moreton Railway 16 miles
01 January 1860 Worcester and Hereford Railway 29 miles
01 August 1863 South Wales Railway 164 miles
01 January 1866 Hayle Railway 12 miles
01 January 1866 West Cornwall Railway 29 miles
10 August 1866 Vale of Neath 16 miles
21 July 1859 Aberdare Railway 7 miles
05 August 1863 Swansea and Neath Railway 7 miles
31 January 1867 Wycombe Railway 42 miles
01 August 1868 Bristol and South Wales Union Railway 12 miles
12 July 1869 Tenbury and Bewdley Railway 14 miles
12 July 1869 Wellington and Drayton Railway 16 miles
31 July 1871 Stourbridge Railway 13 miles
01 January 1872 Great Western and Brentford Railway 4 miles
18 July 1872 Severn Valley Railway 42 miles
26 July 1869 Swansea Vale and Neath and Brecon Junction Railway 7 miles
25 July 1872 Wallingford and Watlington Railway 2 miles
28 July 1873 Briton Ferry Floating Dock and Railway mile
01 February 1874 Bourton-on-the-Water Railway 6 miles
30 June 1874 East Somerset Railway 16 miles
30 June 1874 Gloucester and Dean Forest Railway 15 miles
13 July 1876 Pontypool, Caerleon and Newport Railway 9 miles
01 August 1876 Bristol and Exeter Railway 138 miles
08 June 1863 Chard and Taunton Railway 19 miles
19 June 1865 Cheddar Valley and Yatton Railway 22 miles
19 July 1875 Exe Valley Railway 7 miles
01 August 1876 Bristol Harbour Railway 1 mile
23 July 1877 Bala and Dolgelly Railway 22 miles
01 August 1878 South Devon Railway 35 miles
01 July 1865 South Devon and Tavistock Railway 13 miles
01 August 1866 Dartmouth and Torbay Railway 7 miles
18 July 1872 Moretonhampstead and South Devon Railway 12 miles
24 June 1869 Launceston and South Devon Railway 19 miles
01 August 1880 Monmouthshire Railway and Canal 9 miles
06 August 1880 Ely and Clydach Valleys Railway 3 miles
06 August 1880 Malmesbury Railway 6 miles
06 August 1880 Mitcheldean Road and Forest of Dean Junction Railway 3 miles
22 August 1881 Carmarthen and Cardigan Railway 20 miles
22 August 1881 Coleford, Monmouth, Usk and Pontypool Railway 25 miles
19 May 1882 Torbay and Brixham Railway 2 miles
10 August 1882 Swindon and Highworth Railway 1 miles
10 August 1882 Berkshire and Hampshire Extension Railway 24 miles
01 July 1883 Llynfi and Ogmore Railway 38 miles
05 July 1865 Ely Valley Extension Railway 34 miles
10 August 1861 Bridgend Railway 4 miles
01 July 1876 Cardiff and Ogmore Railway 8 miles
28 June 1866 Ogmore Valley Railways 10 miles
01 July 1883 Alcester Railway 6 miles
01 July 1883 Stratford-upon-Avon Railway 9 miles
20 August 1883 Watlington and Princes Risborough Railway 8 miles
01 July 1884 Bristol and Portishead Pier and Railway 10 miles
07 August 1884 Bristol and North Somerset Railway 20 miles
07 August 1884 Coleford Railway 5 miles
25 June 1886 Faringdon Railway 4 miles
01 July 1888 Worcester, Bromyard and Leominster Railway 14 miles
01 July 1888 Leominster and Bromyard Railway 12 miles
13 August 1888 Kingsbridge and Salcombe Railway Not opened
24 June 1889 Cornwall Railway 72 miles
24 June 1889 Llanelly Railway and Dock 60 miles
04 August 1890 Whitland and Cardigan Railway 25 miles
04 August 1890 Witney Railway 25 miles
01 September 1890 East Gloucestershire Railway 14 miles
28 June 1892 East Usk Railway 4 miles
01 July 1892 Calne Railway 5 miles
01 July 1892 Newent Railway 12 miles
01 July 1892 Ross and Ledbury Railway 4 miles
01 July 1892 Wellington and Severn Junction Railway 11 miles
01 July 1894 Tiverton and North Devon Railway 8 miles
31 July 1894 Oldbury Railway 3 miles
12 February 1896 North Pembroke and Fishguard Railway 14 miles
07 August 1896 Abbotsbury Railway 6 miles
07 August 1896 Corwen and Bala Railway 18 miles
07 August 1896 Llangollen and Corwen Railway 9 miles
07 August 1896 Marlborough Railway 5 miles
07 August 1896 Milford Railway 4 miles
07 August 1896 Vale of Llangollen Railway 15 miles
07 August 1896 Wenlock Railway 14 miles
01 July 1897 Banbury and Cheltenham Direct Railway 33 miles
01 July 1897 Buckfastleigh, Totnes and South Devon Railway 9 miles
01 July 1897 Kington and Eardisley Railway 13 miles
01 July 1897 Nantwich and Market Drayton Railway 10 miles
06 August 1897 Great Marlow Railway 2 miles
06 August 1897 Minehead Railway 8 miles
06 August 1897 Pembroke and Tenby Railway 28 miles
06 August 1897 Woodstock Railway 2 miles
02 August 1898 Helston Railway 8 miles
02 August 1898 Leominster and Kington Railway 13 miles
01 August 1899 Golden Valley Railway 18 miles
01 July 1900 Birmingham and Henley-in-Arden Railway 3 miles
30 July 1900 Birmingham, North Warwickshire and Stratford-upon-Avon Railway 18 miles
26 July 1901 Bridport Railway 9 miles
26 July 1901 Devon and Somerset Railway 42 miles
11 August 1903 Ely Valley Railway 24 miles
15 August 1904 Abingdon Railway 2 miles
04 August 1905 Lambourn Valley Light Railway 12 miles
04 August 1905 Wye Valley Railway 15 miles
26 July 1910 Bala and Festiniog Railway 22 miles
01 January 1922 Cardiff Railway 6 miles
01 January 1922 Cleobury Mortimer and Ditton Priors Light Railway 12 miles
01 January 1922 Neath and Brecon Railway 23 miles
01 January 1922 Princetown Railway 10 miles
01 January 1922 Rhondda and Swansea Bay Railway 38 miles
01 January 1922 Rhymney Railway 28 miles
01 January 1922 Ross and Monmouth Railway 10 miles
01 July 1922 Brecon and Merthyr Tydfil Junction Railway 26 miles
28 July 1863 Rumney Tramroad 21 miles
01 July 1922 Burry Port and Gwendreath Valley Railway 21 miles
GROUPING
- 01 January 1923
Barry Railway 68 miles
GROUPING
- 01 January 1923
Cambrian Railways 228 miles
05 August 1866 Aberystwyth and Welsh Coast Railway 75 miles
25 July 1864 Llanidloes and Newtown Railway 14 miles
24 June 1904 Mid-Wales Railway 46 miles
25 July 1864 Newtown and Machynlleth Railway 22 miles
25 July 1864 Oswestry, Ellesmere and Whitchurch Railway 12 miles
25 July 1864 Oswestry and Newtown Railway 33 miles
06 August 1897 Vale of Rheidol Light Railway 11 miles
01 August 1896 Van Railway 6 miles
GROUPING
- 01 January 1923
Didcot, Newbury and Southampton Railway 45 miles
GROUPING
- 01 January 1923
Exeter Railway 12 miles
GROUPING
- 01 January 1923
Forest of Dean Central Railway 4 miles
GROUPING
- 01 January 1923
Gwendraeth Valleys Railway 3 miles
GROUPING
- 01 January 1923
Lampeter, Aberayron and New Quay Light Railway 12 miles
GROUPING
- 01 January 1923
Liskeard and Looe Railway 10 miles
GROUPING
- 01 January 1923
Llanelly and Mynydd Mawr Railway 12 miles
GROUPING
- 01 January 1923
Mawddwy Railway 6 miles
GROUPING
- 01 January 1923
Midland and South Western Junction Railway 58 miles
01 August 1899 Marlborough and Grafton Railway 8 miles
23 June 1884 Swindon and Cheltenham Extension Railway 26 miles
23 June 1884 Swindon, Marlborough and Andover Railway 32 miles
GROUPING
- 01 January 1923
Penarth Extension Railway 1 mile
GROUPING
- 01 January 1923
Penarth Harbour Dock and Railway 11 miles
GROUPING
- 01 January 1923
Port Talbot Railway and Docks 58 miles
07 August 1896 Cefn and Pyle Railway 6 miles
GROUPING
- 01 January 1923
South Wales Mineral Railway 11 miles
GROUPING
- 01 January 1923
Taff Vale Railway 124 miles
31 July 1902 Aberdare Railway 7 miles
26 August 1889 Cowbridge Railway 10 miles
17 August 1894 Cowbridge and Aberthaw Railway 6 miles
26 August 1889 Dare Valley Railway 3 miles
26 August 1889 Llantrisant and Taff Vale Junction Railway 7 miles
26 August 1889 Rhondda Valley and Hirwain Junction Railway 3 miles
GROUPING
- 01 January 1923
Vale of Glamorgan Railway 21 miles
GROUPING
- 01 January 1923
Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway 9 miles
GROUPING
- 01 January 1923
West Somerset Railway 13 miles
GROUPING
- 01 January 1923
Wrexham and Ellesmere Railway 12 miles

    

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