List of closed railway lines in the United Kingdom

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This list is for railway lines across Britain, which are now long abandoned, closed, dismantled or disused.

Most of these old railway lines have since re-opened, whether preserved as Heritage Railways, or as part of the national network en-route, whilst some have converted to cycle paths, footpaths or lanes.

Some of the closed railway lines, are former ex-cross country mainline routes, some were local branch lines, with a few being ex-working colliery lines that once served towns, villages and local settlements, as well as the UK's Industry.

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Name of line Builder(s) Route (From/To) Closure date Notes
Alcester–Hatton branch line Great Western Railway 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 1966 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 1961 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 1968 (to all traffic) Most of the former branch now being restored, as the
Aln Valley Railway.
Ambergate–Pye Bridge line Midland Railway (LMS) Pye Bridge to Ambergate, (via Butterley) 1968 A 3½ Mile section of the line, now preserved forming the Midland Railway – Butterley.
Ardsley to Laisterdyke line Great Northern Railway (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 Railway (LMS) 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
Askern branch line Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway (LMS) Shaftholme Junction (near Doncaster) to Knottingley, via Askern (itself), Norton and Womersley still open Mostly a freight only line, but now also a diversionary passenger route
Axminster-Lyme Regis branch line London and South Western Railway (Southern Railway) Axminster to Lyme Regis via Combpyne 29 November 1965 (to all traffic)
Bacup branch line Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway (LMS) Stubbins Junction to Bacup, via Rawtenstall, Clough Fold and Stacksteads 1966 (to regular traffic)
1972 (to all traffic)
Part of the former branch (through Stubbins Junction to Rawtenstall, via Irwell Vale), now preserved as part of the East Lancashire Railway.
Banbury and Cheltenham Direct Railway Great Western Railway Cheltenham to Banbury    
Banbury to Verney Junction branch line Buckinghamshire Railway (GWR) Banbury to Verney Junction (Where it joined the Varsity Line) January 1961 Freight services lasted till June 1966
Bank Top Colliery Line North Staffordshire Railway (LMS) Blythe Bridge to Bank Top 1965 Portion of the Line, now preserved as the
Foxfield Railway.
Mostly a Colliery Line, throughout its heyday.
Basingstoke and Alton Light Railway London and South Western Railway (SR) Basingstoke to Alton 1932 (to passengers)
19?? (to freight)
Batley-Beeston Line Great Northern Railway (LNER) Beeston to Batley, via
Tingley and Woodkirk
1939 (to passengers)
195? (to freight)
1964 (to all traffic)
Bedford–Northampton line Midland Railway (LMS) Northampton to Bedford 1962 (to passengers)
1981 (to all traffic)
Benwick Goods Railway Great Eastern Railway (LNER) 1966 (to all traffic)
Birkenhead Dock Branch LMS Rock Ferry to Bidston Dock, via Mollington Street and Canning Street 16 February 1985 (to passenger traffic)
1987 (to regular goods)
2008 (to all traffic)
Entire branch line still extant, but disused
Blythe and Tyne Railway B&TR (North Eastern Railway) A network of various lines, criss-cross the North-East 1971-83 (in stages, to all traffic)

Re-opened in 1980 (as part of the T&WM network)
Most of the former B&TR, now forms the present-day
Tyne & Wear Metro System,

While a section of one of the other lines, is now preserved (in-between Percy Main and Middle Engine Lane) as the North Tyneside Steam Railway.
Brentford branch line [[Great Western Railway Southall to Brentford Dock 4 May 1942 (to passengers)
December 1970 (to regular freight)
Part of the Line still extant
Brightlingsea branch line Tendring Hundred Railway 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)
6½ Mile stretch of the line now preserved, as the
Bodmin & Wenford Railway.
Botley to Bishops Waltham branch line LSWR Botley to Bishops Waltham 1962  
  South Eastern Railway (SR) Rochester Bridge Junction to Chatham Central 1 Oct 1911 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 (SR)   Whitstable Harbour to Canterbury North Lane 1952-1953 known as the "Crab and Winkle Line" - 1830–1952
Castleton to Bolton Line Lancashire & Yorkshire Rly Bolton to Castleton,
via Darcy lever, Bradley Fold and Broadfield
5 October 1970 (to all traffic) 4 mile stretch of track (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)
Chard branch line Bristol & Exeter Rly/LSWR (Joint) Chard Junction to Taunton, via Donyatt, Hatch and Thornfalcon 10 September 1962 (to passengers)
6 July 1964 (to goods)
3 October
1966 (to all traffic)
Cheddar Valley line Great Western Rly Witham Friary to Yatton, via Cranmore,
Shepton Mallet, Wells, Lodge Hill and Congresbury
1963 (to passengers)
1971 (to goods)
1985 (to all traffic)
A 2½ mile stretch of the line now preserved, as the
East Somerset Railway.
Chester and Birkenhead Railway   Chester to Birkenhead Woodside, via Mollington, Rock Lane and Tranmere 5 November 1967 (Tranmere to Birkenhead section) Most of the line still open, now forming the Wirral line.
Chester and Connah's Quay Railway        
Chippenham and Calne line Great Western Railway Chippenham to Calne 1965
Churnet Valley line North Staffordshire Railway (LMS) North Rode (via Leek, Cheddleton and Oakamoor) to Uttoxeter 4 January 1965 (to passengers)
3 July 1970 (to freight traffic)
1988 (to all traffic)
Part of the line (based at Rudyard) re-laid to 10 14 in (260 mm) Gauge, forming the Leek and Rudyard Railway.

Also, the line between Leekbrook Junction and Oakamoor Sand Sidings now preserved, as the Churnet Valley Railway.
Clayton West branch line L&YR (LMS) Shepley Junction to Clayton West (via Skelmanthorpe) 24 January 1983 (to all traffic) A Stretch of the branch, re-laid to 15-inch Gauge as the 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 1972 Most of the line, still remains, but now survives as a path
Coley branch line Great Western Railway (GWR) Southcote Junction to Reading Central goods depot July 1983 Used in part as a walking route, and in part by the A33 road
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 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
Deerness Valley line North Eastern Rly Crook to Durham, via Waterhouses and Ushaw Moor 29 October 1951 (to passengers)
28 December
1964 (to all traffic)
Derwent Valley Railway North Eastern Rly Scotswood to Carrhouse, via
Swalwell, Rowlands Gill, Ebchester and Shotley Bridge
11 November 1963 (to all traffic)
Derwent Valley Light Railway North Eastern Railway York to Selby, via Layerthorpe, Dunnington and Wheldrake 27 September 1981 (to all traffic) A Section of the Line, now preserved as a heritage railway (of the same name).
Devizes branch line Great Western Railway Patney & Chirton to Holt Junction, via Devizes and Bromham 1966 (to all traffic)
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 Line (between Okehampton and Yeoford) now preserved as the Dartmoor Railway.
Devon and Somerset Railway GWR Taunton to Barnstaple, via Dulverton, South Molton and Swimbridge 1966
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 (to all traffic) Part of the line, 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 line now preserved as the
Ecclesbourne Valley Railway.
Dungeness branch line South Eastern Rly Appledore Junction to Dungeness,
via, Lydd Town
1967 (to passengers) Part of the line still open to serve Dungeness Power Station
Durham to Bishop Auckland Line North Eastern Rly Bishop Auckland to Durham, via Hunwick and Brancepeth 1958 (to freight)
1964 (to passengers)
1968 (to all traffic)
Durham–Sunderland line North Eastern Rly Durham to Sunderland, via Hetton and Ryhope Junction 1931 (to passengers)
1953 (to all traffic)
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 to 1917 around the East Kent Coalfield. Closed with decline of coalfield.
Part of the line, 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)
A Section of the Line, now preserved forming the Heritage Lincolnshire Wolds Railway.

Whilst other part of the line from Boston to Skegness remains open (as part of the national network).
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.
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
Elsenham & Thaxted Light Railway Elsenham & Thaxted Light Railway Elsenham to Thaxted 15 September 1952 (to passengers)
1 June 1953 (to all traffic)
Last rail line built in Essex (1913), until the construction of Stansted Airport railway station (1991)
Eryholme–Richmond branch line Y&NR Eryholme to Richmond 1969 Opened in 1846. Catterick sub-branch constructed during WWI
Exe Valley Line GWR Dulverton to Exeter St David's, via Tiverton and Cadeleigh 7 October 1963
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 Great Central Rly (LNER) Manchester Central to
Fairfield, via Fallowfield
1983-8 (to all traffic)
Fawley branch line Southern Railway Totton to Fawley,
via Hythe
14 February 1966 (to passengers)
1 September 2016 (to all traffic)
Part of the line, still extant as far as Marchwood
Goods traffic continued onto Fawley Refinery until 2016.
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, via
Thornton–Cleveleys and Burn Naze Halt
1 June 1970
(to passengers)
1999 (to all traffic)
Most of the branch line, still remains in place (with the track also intact), but currently disused,

The line is currently being restored as a Heritage 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) 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)
1966–69 (in stages) Parts of the GCR still open between London Marylebone to Verney Junction north of Aylesbury.

Two sections of the former Main-Line now preserved as the Great Central Railway (Nottingham) (between Ruddington and Loughborough High Level), and as the
Great Central Railway (Leicester) (between Loughborough Central and Leicester North).
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 North Eastern Railway Middlesbrough to Guisborough via Nunthorpe and Pinchinthorpe 1964 Most of the former Branch Line, now a public footpath.
Gwinear–Helston branch line Great Western Railway Gwinear Road to Helston 1964 Section of the former 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 1976
(to all traffic)
5 Mile stretch of the former branch, re-laid to 2 ft (610 mm) Gauge, as the 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 Great Eastern Railway Haughley to Laxfield 1952 (to passengers)
196? (to freight)
Part of the former branch, now preserved 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 (Hawes Junction) to Hawes 16 March 1959 (to passenger traffic)
?? April 1964 (to all traffic)
Hawes railway station, now forms part of the "Dales Countryside Museum"

An ex-industrial RS&Hawthorne Steam locomotive and a rake of three ex-BR passenger coaches stand alongside the adjacent station platform on display.
Hawkhurst branch line SER Paddock Wood to Hawkhurst 1961 Opened in 1892 and ran for a distance of 11½ miles.
Hayfield branch Midland Railway (LMS) Hayfield to New Mills 1970 Trackbed of the Line, now forms the Sett Valley Trail.
Haywards Heath to Horsted Keynes branch line London, Brighton & South Coast Railway Horsted Keynes to Haywards Heath, via Ardingly and Copyhold Junction 28 October 1963 Portion of the line, (between Horsted Keynes and Ardingly) now owned by the Bluebell Railway.
Whilst the other half of the line, still open to locally serve the Aggregate Depot.
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 mile stretch of track now preserved (between Tenterden and Junction Road) as the Kent and East Sussex Railway.

Another section of the Line (based at Robertsbridge), is also preserved.
Hereford, Ross and Gloucester Railway Great Western Railway Gloucester to Hereford via Ross-on-Wye 196?
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) 1959 (to passengers)
Closed in 1971 (to all traffic)
A section of the branch now preserved, as part of the Rushden Transport Museum.
Highworth branch line Great Western Railway Swindon to Highworth 2 March 1953 (to passengers)
1962 (to all traffic)
Holmfirth branch line Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway (LMS) 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) 7 March 1960 (to passengers)
?? August 1976 (to all traffic)
A Lengthy Majority of the Line, now preserved as the
Gloucestershire-Warwickshire Railway.
Hooton–West Kirby branch London & North Western Railway Hooton Junction to West Kirby, via Hadlow Road, Heswall, Thurstaston and Caldy 1956 (to passenger traffic)
1962 (to all traffic)
Entirety of the Branch, Now converted to a cycle path.
Hadlow Road railway station has even been restored to its former glory.
Horbury West Curve Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway (LMS) Horbury & Ossett station to Crigglestone West Junction, via Canal Sidings 11 September 1961 (to passenger traffic)
4 February 1991 (to all traffic)
Disused, but still entirely intact throughout
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 Railway 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 North Eastern Railway   1964  
Hull to Hornsea branch line North Eastern Railway   1964  
Hythe and Sandgate Branch     1951 SER branch off SER main line at Sandling to Hythe, Kent and Sandgate.
Ilfracombe branch line LSWR (Southern Railway) Barnstaple to Ilfracombe, via Wrafton, Braunton and Mortehoe & Woolacombe 1970 (to passengers)
1975 (to all traffic)
Ingleton to Tebay line Lancaster and Carlisle Railway (LMS) Ingleton to Tebay 1954 Opened 1861. Tracks lifted 1967.
Skipton–Ilkley line Midland Railway (LMS) Ilkley to Skipton (via Addingham, Bolton Abbey and Embsay) 22 March 1965 (to passengers)
January 1966 (to all traffic)
4 Mile stretch of the Line now preserved, as the
Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway.
Kemble to Cirencester branch line Great Western Railway Kemble to Cirencester 6 April 1964
Kemp Town branch line LB&SCR/SR/SR Kemp Town Junction to Kemp Town railway station 26 June 1971
King's Lynn to Dereham line Great Eastern Railway (LNER) Dereham to King's Lynn,
via Swaffham
7 September 1968 3 mile section (as far as Middleton Towers) still exists (freight only)
Kingswear branch line Great Western Railway Newton Abbot to Kingswear (via Torquay, Paignton and Churston) 1972 (Paignton-Kingswear section, only) Part of the line between Newton Abbot and Paignton still open as part of the National Network's Riviera Line

7 mile stretch of track now preserved, (between Paignton and Kingswear) as the Dartmouth Steam Railway.
Kirkburton branch line London & North Western Railway (LMS) Deighton to Kirkburton,
via Kirkheaton
28 July 1930 (to passengers)
5 April 1965 (to all traffic)
Kirkstead and Little Steeping Railway Great Northern Railway (LNER) 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
Lanchester Valley Railway North Eastern Railway Durham to Consett, via
1954 (to regular traffic)
1965 (to all traffic)
Langton Dock Branch     26 April 1968  
Leamington–Rugby line London and North Western Railway (LMS) Leamington Spa to Rugby June 1959  
Leamside line Durham Junction Railway (NER) Ferryhill to Pelaw, via
Shincliffe, Leamside, Penshaw and Usworth
1964 (to passengers)
1991 (to all traffic)
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 had now long since closed.
Leeds New Line London & North Western Railway (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     1934 Now converted to a footpath
Leek–Waterhouses branch line North Staffordshire Railway Leekbrook Junction to Waterhouses, via
Bradnop, Ipstones, Winkhill and Cauldon Lowe
30 September 1935 (to passengers)
1964 (to goods)
1988 (to all traffic)
Part of the former branch (as far as Ipstones) now preserved, as part of the Churnet Valley Railway
Leicester and Swannington Railway     1964  
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) as the Bluebell Railway.

Whilst the line (north of East Grinstead, itself) forms part of the Oxted line.
Lincolnshire loop line Great Northern Railway (LNER) Gainsborough to Peterborough, via Lincoln,
Woodhall Junction, Boston and Spalding
17 June 1963
"Little" North Western Railway Midland Railway (LMS) Skipton to Morecambe, via Hellifield, Wennington, Clapham and Lancaster 1966 Opened in two stages in 1848 and 1849.
Approximately two-thirds of the route (between Lancaster and Caton) is now a combined cyclepath and footpath.

Whilst, the remainder of the line from Wennington to Skipton is still in use, (as is the other line in-between Wennington and Carnforth).
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 Re-opened 1985 by Dr. David Bellamy as the Middlewood Way.
Thirsk and Malton line North Eastern Railway (LNER) Thirsk to Malton, via
Manchester to Accrington Line Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway (LMS) Manchester Victoria to Accrington Junction, (via Whitefield, Bury, Ramsbottom and Helmshore) 1966 (to regular passengers)
1972 (to all passengers)
1980 (to coal traffic)
1981 (to all traffic, north of bury)
1991 (to all traffic, south of bury)
An 8½ Mile Stretch of the Line, now preserved (between Bury Bolton Street and Stubbins Junction) as part of the
East Lancashire Railway.

Whilst The Bury Line now occupies part of the line between Manchester Victoria and Bury Interchange, as part of the Manchester Metrolink.
Manchester, Buxton, Matlock and Midland Junction Railway Midland Railway (LMS) Ambergate to Buxton, (via Matlock, Rowsley, Bakewell and Millers Dale) 6 March 1967 (to passengers)
29 June 1968
(to all traffic)
Part of the route, now preserved (between Matlock and Rowsley, via Darley Dale) as Peak Rail.

Whilst the route beyond (the south of) Matlock itself to Ambergate Junction remains open as part of the National Network.

Also, a section of the line (through Ashwood Dale, between Buxton and the one-time triangular junction) towards the Peak Forest Area still exists
Mangotsfield and Bath branch line Midland Railway (LMS/GWR) Mangotsfield to Bath Green Park (via Bitton) 1966 (to passengers)
1971 (to all traffic)
3-mile section of the branch, now preserved 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 North Eastern Railway 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 Line London & North Western Railway (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)
Constructed because a new line along the east bank of the River Tame was deemed to be more cost-effective than four tracking the existing line on the west bank.
Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway GNR/
Merger of earlier railways
  1959 (to passengers)
Closed in 1964 (to all traffic)
Cromer–Sheringham section still extant as part of the nearby Bittern Line

5½ mile stretch of track, now preserved as the Heritage North Norfolk Railway.
Midland and South Western Junction Railway GWR/
Merger of earlier railways
Cheltenham to Andover 1961 Section of the line, now preserved as the
Swindon & Cricklade Railway.
Muswell Hill Railway     3 July 1954  
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)
Newmarket and Chesterford Railway Newmarket and Chesterford Railway Company (N&CR) Great Chesterford to Newmarket 1851? One of the first railway closures in British history
Northallerton to Hawes line Northallerton to Hawes (via Leeming Bar, Leyburn and Aysgarth) 1954 (to passengers)
Closed in 1992 (to all traffic)
22 mile stretch of track now preserved, as the
Wensleydale Railway.
Northampton–Market Harborough line London and North Western Railway (LMS) Northampton to Market Harborough 16 August 1981 (to all traffic) A section of the line, now preserved as the
Northampton and Lamport Railway.
North Cornwall Railway LSWR Halwill Junction to Padstow
(via Launceston, Camelford and Wadebridge)
1964 2 miles of track re-laid to narrow gauge, as the
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 restored as the proposed Tarka Valley Railway.
North Lindsey Light Railway NLLR Scunthorpe to Whitton 1951 Short section of the line still open, (freight only)
North Liverpool Extension Line     1972  
Norton Fitzwarren to Minehead branch line Great Western Railway Norton Fitzwarren to Minehead via, Crowcombe-Heathfield, Williton and Blue Anchor 2 January 1971 (to all traffic) Most of the entire branch, now preserved as the
West Somerset Railway.
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 mile stretch of track, now preserved as the
Battlefield Line.
Okehampton–Bude line London & South Western Rly Okehampton to Bude,
via Halwill Junction and Holsworthy
1 October 1966
Oldham Loop Line Manchester & Leeds Rly (LMS) Rochdale to Manchester Victoria, via Oldham and Royton Junction 3 October 2009 (to all traffic) Now converted to light-rail use, as part of the
Manchester Metrolink.
Otley and Ilkley Joint Railway North Eastern Rly/Midland Railway (Joint) Ilkley to Arthington,
via Otley and Pool-in-Wharfedale
5 July 1965 (to both passengers and all traffic) Upper section in-between Ilkley and the Junction (towards Otley), still extant forming part of the Local-Commuter
Wharfedale line.
Oxenhope branch line Midland Railway (LMS) Keighley to Oxenhope via Ingrow, Damems, Oakworth and Haworth 1962
Re-opened in 1968
Entire branch line now preserved, as the
Keighley & Worth Valley Railway.
Oxford to Cambridge line     1993 Section from Bedford to Bletchley still open (as the
Marston Vale line)
Palace Gates Line     7 January 1963  
Peterborough to Northampton line LMS Northampton to Peterborough (East) 1968 (to passengers)
1972 (to all traffic)
7½ mile stretch of track, now preserved as the
Nene Valley Railway.
Pickle Bridge Line Lancashire & Yorkshire 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
Pontop and Jarrow Railway Stockton & Darlington Rly (George Stephenson & Co) Jarrow Staith to Dipton Colliery, via Springwell 4 October 1974 (to most traffic)
10 January 1986 (to all traffic)
Part of the Line, now preserved as the
Bowes Railway.
Mainly, A Cable-Hauled Colliery Railway throughout its heyday.
Potteries Loop Line     2 March 1964  
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. 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)
Cullingworth to Queensbury section has re-opened as part of the Great Northern Railway Trail[2]
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 Lancashire & Yorkshire Rly Sowerby Bridge to Rishworth 1929 (to passengers)
19?? (to all traffic)
Rochdale–Bacup line Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway Rochdale to Bacup,
via Whitworth and Shawforth
Romney Marsh branch line   Appledore Junction to New Romney, via
Lydd Town and Lydd-on-Sea
1937 (to passengers)
1967 (to freight)
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
Rothbury Branch 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"     1962 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     16 June 1951  
Saffron Walden Railway   Audley End to Bartlow December 1964  
Salisbury and Dorset Junction Railway     2 May 1964  
Scarborough to Pickering line North Eastern Railway (LNER) 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 North Eastern Railway (LNER) Scarborough to Whitby, (via Cloughton, Stainton Dale, Ravenscar and Robin Hood's Bay) 22 March 1965 (to regular traffic)
31 October 1967 (to all traffic)
Now a combined cycle/footpath route
Seaton branch line LSWR (Southern Railway) Seaton Junction to Seaton via
Colyton and Colyford
7 March 1966 (to all traffic) A stretch of the former branch, re-laid as the
Seaton Tramway.
Selby–Driffield line North Eastern Railway (LNER) Selby to Driffield, via
Market Weighton
20 September 1954 (to passengers)
30 June 1965 (to all traffic)
Selby–Goole line North Eastern Railway (LNER) 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 4½ mile stretch of the S&WR, now preserved as the
Dean Forest Railway.
Severn Valley Line West Midland Railway
Shrewsbury to both Hartlebury and to Kidderminster September 1963 16½ mile stretch of track now preserved as the
Severn Valley Railway.
Sharpness branch line Severn & Wye Railway
Berkeley Road to Severn Bridge, via Sharpness 1964 (to passengers) Most of the former branch, now being restored as a heritage railway.
Sheppey Light Railway     4 December 1950 SECR branch off Sheerness line - 1901–1950 - Built under the 1896 Light Railways Act.
Shropshire Union Railways and Canal Company     September 1964  
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 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.[3]

A Trio of Three Sections of the line are now Preserved, The first (based at Midsomer Norton) is restored and run by the S&DR Heritage Trust,
The second (based at Shillingstone) is also/currently under restoration as the Heritage North Dorset Railway
And the 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 A 1½ mile stretch of the line, now preserved 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 (at Kirkby Stephen East), now preserved 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
Part of the SYR Elsecar Colliery line 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     4 December 1939 (passenger), 5 March 1951 (through access)  
Staines West branch line Great Western 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 disused)
Stanhope and Tyne Railway North Eastern Railway 23 May 1955 Most of the S&TR, still extant throughout
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     August 1914  
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 wooden-wagonway/colliery line, throughout its heyday.
Part of the former Colliery Line, now preserved as the Tanfield Railway.
LBSCR link between Oxted line and SER's Hastings line at Tunbridge Wells     1985  
Tenbury and Bewdley Railway Great Western Rly Bewdley to Wooferton,
via Tenbury
196? Whilst the entire line is now a footpath,
Bewdley station is now on the Severn Valley Railway.
Tetbury branch line Great Western Railway Kemble to Tetbury, via
Rodmarton and Culkerton
6 April 1964
Tewkesbury 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 mile stretch of the branch, now preserved as the
South Devon Railway.
Tunbridge Wells to Eridge Line LB&SCR/SR Eridge to Tunbridge Wells
(via Groombridge)
6 July 1985 5 mile stretch of track, now preserved as the
Spa Valley Railway.
Ulverston–Lakeside branch line Furness Railway (LMS) Ulverston to Lakeside
(via Greenodd and Haverthwaite)
6 September 1965 3½ mile stretch of the branch, now preserved as the
Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway.
Uffington–Faringdon branch line Great Western Rly Uffington to Faringdon 1951
Uppingham branch line London & North Western Rly Seaton (Rutland) to Uppingham 1960 Opened 1894
Uxbridge branch line Great Western Railway 1962
Wallingford branch line Great Western Railway Cholsey to Wallingford 1969 (to passengers)
1981 (to all traffic)
Most of the Entire branch now preserved as the
Cholsey & Wallingford Railway (aka, The Bunk Line).
Watlington branch line Great Western Railway Princes Risborough to Watlington, via Chinnor and Aston Rowant 1957 (to passengers)
1989 (to all traffic)
4 Mile stretch of the branch now preserved, as the
Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway.
The rest of the former branch towards Watlington (via Aston Rowant) still extant.
Wansbeck line North British Railway
Morpeth to Reedsmouth,
via Scotsgap
1952 (to passengers)
1963 (to freight)
1966 (to all traffic)
Wareham–Swanage branch line LSWR Wareham to Swanage
(via Corfe Castle)
3 January 1972 Most of the Entire branch line, now preserved as the Swanage Railway (aka, The Purbeck Line).
Watford and Rickmansworth Railway     1952  
Waveney Valley line Great Eastern Railway Tivetshall to Beccles 19 April 1966 Passenger services withdrawn 3 January 1953
Wealden Line LB&SCR Lewes to South Croydon, via
Uckfield, Eridge and Hurst Green
23 February 1969 (to all traffic) The line northwards, and as far south as) Uckfield (to South Croydon, via Eridge and Hurst Green) remains open.

Part of the line (between Isfield and Little Horsted) now preserved as the Lavender Line.
Wearhead branch line NER Bishop Auckland to Wearhead (via Frosterley and Stanhope) 1953 (to passengers)
1993 (to all traffic)
Most of the line now preserved, as the
Weardale Railway.
Weedon–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 456s 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)
1954 (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     1999 (to all traffic)  
Whitby and Pickering Railway NER Malton to Whitby (via Marishes Road, Pickering, Grosmont and Sleights) 22 March 1965 A Lengthy Majority of the Line now preserved as the
North Yorkshire Moors Railway.
Whitby, Redcar and Middlesbrough Union Railway   Middlesbrough to Whitby, via Redcar, Salturn-by-the-Sea, Loftus, Staithes, Kettlewell and Sandsend. 1958 (to passengers)
1961 (to goods)
Part of the line (between Saltburn and Boulby near Staithes) still open (freight only),
Resurrected in 1974 to serve the nearby Boulby Potash Mine.
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 1973 10 mile stretch of the line now preserved as the
Mid Hants Railway (aka, The Watercress Line).

Whilst the rest of the line, (north of Alton) now forms the present day local-commuter Alton Line, respectively.
Wirral Line (Hooton to West Kirby branch)     17 September 1956  
Wisbech branch line GER March to Wisbech
(via Coldham)
1968 (to passengers)
2001 (to all traffic)
Most of the former branch still extant, now being restored as a heritage railway.
Witham to 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.
Woodhead line   Manchester to Sheffield, via Penistone and Wath 1981 Part of the route still open, only as far as Hadfield, (although it may re-open 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 mile stretch of the line, re-laid to 15 in (381 mm) Gauge, now forming the Bure Valley Railway.

Known (throughout its heyday) as the East Norfolk Line.
Wymondham to Wells Branch Great Eastern Railway (LNER) Wymondham to Wells (via Thuxton, Dereham, Fakenham and Walsingham) 5 October 1964 (to regular passengers)
6 October 1969 (to all passengers)
12 September 1984 (to coal traffic)
1989 (to all traffic)
4 mile stretch of track, re-laid to 10 14 in (260 mm) Gauge, forming the Wells and Walsingham Light Railway.
A 17½ mile stretch of track now preserved as the
Mid Norfolk Railway.
Yarmouth–Beccles line Great Eastern Railway Beccles to Great Yarmouth,
via Haddiscoe
2 November 1959
Yarmouth–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
Yeovil–Taunton line Bristol & Exeter Rly (GWR) Taunton to Yeovil, via
Athelney, Langport and Martlock
1964 (to all traffic)
York–Beverley line North Eastern Railway York to Beverley (via Kiplingcotes, Market Weighton, Pocklington and Stamford Bridge) 27 November 1965 (to all traffic)  

Northern Ireland[edit]

Name of line Builder Route (From/To) Closure date Notes
Belfast and County Down Railway Belfast to Newcastle (County Down) 1950 Part of the B&CDR, now preserved as the
Downpatrick and County Down Railway
Dundalk, Newry and Greenore Railway London and North Western Railway (LMS) Dundalk to Newry 1951
Portadown, Dungannon and Omagh Junction Railway Great Northern Railway of Ireland Portadown to Omagh 1965
Ulster Railway Great Northern Railway of Ireland Portadown to Cavan 1959


See also Template:Historical Scottish railway companies
Name of line Builder Route (From/To) Closure date Notes
Aberdeen Railway Caledonian Railway (LMS) Kinnaber Junction to Brechin, via Dubton 1952–67 (to passengers)
1981 (to all traffic)
4 mile section of the Railway now preserved, as the Caledonian Railway (Brechin).
Aberfeldy branch line Highland Railway (LMS) Aberfeldy Junction to Aberfeldy, via Grandtully 3 May 1965
(to all traffic)
Alford Valley branch line Great North of Scotland Railway (LNER) Kintore to Alford, via Tillyfourie 1950 (to passengers)
1966 (to all traffic)
Section of the former line (at Alford) now preserved as the Alford Valley Railway
Arbroath and Forfar Railway Caledonian Railway
Arbroath to Forfar 1967
Ballater branch line GNoSR Aberdeen to Ballater 18 July 1966 Part of the former branch, now preserved forming the
Royal Deeside Railway.
Banff, Portsoy and Strathisla Railway GNoSR Cairnie Junction to Banff, via Tillynaught 6 July 1964 (to passenger traffic)
6 May 1968 (to all traffic)
Banff, Macduff and Turriff Junction Railway Great North of Scotland Railway (LNER) Inveramsay to Macduff, via Turriff and Banff Bridge 1 October 1951 (to passengers)
3 January 1966 (to all traffic)
Boddam Branch Great North of Scotland Rly Ellon to Boddam 1932 (to passengers)
1945 (to freight)
1950 (to all traffic)
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 Callander and Oban Railway (LMS) Callander to Oban 27 September 1965 Section between Crianlarich and Oban is still open, accessed via the West Highland Railway.
Crieff and Comrie Railway Caledonian Railway (LMS) Crieff to Comrie 6 July 1964  
Crieff Junction Railway Caledonian Railway (LMS) Crieff Junction (Gleneagles) to Crieff 6 July 1964  
Crieff and Methven Junction Railway Caledonian Railway (LMS) Perth to Crieff 1 October 1951 (to passengers)
11 September 1967 (to all traffic)
Dalry and North Johnstone Line        
Darvel and Strathaven Railway        
Darvel Branch        
Devon Valley line North British Railway Kinross to Alloa, via Tillicoultry 1964 (to passengers)
1973 (to all traffic)
Dunblane, Doune and Callander Railway Caledonian Railway (LMS) Dunblane to Callander 1 November 1965  
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 former branch, re-laid as 2 ft (610 mm) Gauge, forming the Leadhills & Wanlockhead Railway.
Fife Coast Railway Edinburgh & Glasgow Railway (LNER) Thornton Junction to St Andrews, via Leven, Largo, Anstruther and Boarhills 5 October 1964 (to goods)
6 September 1965 (to passengers)
18 December 1966 (to all traffic)
Most of the FCR, now forms the Fife Coastal Path
Section of the FCR (Thornton Junction-Leven) still extant, though long since disused
Fountainhall-Lauder Branch Line LNER Fountainhall to Lauder,
via Oxton
Fraserburgh branch line Great North of Scotland Railway (LNER) Dyce to Fraserburgh, via Ellon and Maud Junction 1965 (to regular traffic)
6 October 1979 (to all traffic)
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 1966
Greenock and Ayrshire Railway        
Inchture Branch Dundee and Perth Railway Inchture Station to Crossgates, Inchture 1916 Horse drawn tramway
Invergarry and Fort Augustus Railway        
Inverness and Perth Junction Railway Highland Railway (LMS) Perth to Inverness 18 October 1965 Section between Perth and Aviemore is still open as part of the National Network.

10 Mile Stretch of the Line now preserved, as the
Strathspey Railway.
Jedburgh branch line North British Railway
Roxburgh Junction to Jedburgh, via
Nisbet and Jedfoot
13 August
1948 (to passengers)
10 August
1964 (to all traffic)
Keith and Dufftown Railway (GNoSR) GNoSR Keith to Elgin, (via Auchindachy, Dufftown and Craigellachie) 1968 (to passengers)
1984 (to freight)
24 March 1991 (to all traffic)
11½ Mile Stretch of the line now preserved, as the Heritage
Keith and Dufftown Railway.
Killin Railway Caledonian Railway (LMS) Killin Junction to Killin (Loch Tay until 1939) 27 September 1965  
Kincardine Line        
Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway        
Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway        
Lochearnhead, St Fillans and Comrie Railway Caledonian Railway (LMS) Comrie to Lochearnhead 1 October 1951  
Macmerry and Gillford branch lines North British Railway
Maidens and Dunure Railway        
Montrose and Bervie Railway Montrose to Bervie Great North of Scotland Railway
1951 (to passengers)
1966 (to all traffic)
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 and Methven Railway Caledonian Railway (LMS) Perth to Methven via Methven Junction 1 October 1951 (to passengers)
11 September 1967 (to all traffic)
Peterhead branch line Great North of Scotland Railway Dyce to Peterhead, via Ellon and Maud Junction 1965 (to passengers)
1970 (to freight)
Slamannan and Borrowstounness Railway Causewayend to Bo'ness, via Birkhill closed 196? 5½ mile stretch of track now preserved, as the
Bo'ness and Kinneil Railway.
Stirling and Dunfermline Railway North British Railway (LNER) Stirling to Dunfermline via Alloa 5 October 1968 (to passengers)
1993 (to all traffic)
The section between Stirling and Alloa re-opened to passenger traffic in 2008.
St Boswells–Kelso line North British Railway
St Boswells to Kelso 1964 (to passengers)
1968 (to freight)
Strathspey Railway GNoSR (LNER) Craigellachie to Boat of Garten 18 October 1965 (to passengers)
4 November 1968 (to freight)
November 1971 (to all traffic)
Boat of Garten Station is now preserved as part of the Strathspey Railway.
Sutherland and Caithness Railway        
Waverley Route 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)
Part of the line, now rebuilt and re-opened (between Edinburgh and Tweedbank), named the Borders Railway, as part of the National Network.

Whilst the section of the line (in-between Whitrope and Riccarton Junction) now preserved (and being restored, in stages, by the Waverley Route Heritage Association) as a
Heritage Railway.
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 Great Western Railway Blaenau Ffestiniog to Bala, via
Manod, Llan Ffestiniog and Trawsfynydd
1961 (to passengers)
1998 (to all traffic)
Most of the Track, still intact between Blaenau Ffestiniog and Trawsfynydd, (but long since disused)

This line is now being restored as the proposed Heritage Trawsfynydd Railway.
Bangor and Carnarvon Railway Menai Bridge to Caernarvon 1972 (to all traffic)
Bethesda branch line Great Western Rly Bangor to Bethesda, via
Felin Hen and Tregarth
1951 (to passengers)
1962 (to all traffic)
Brecon to Hereford line Hereford, Hay & Brecon Railway
Brecon to Hereford via
31 December 1962 (Severed as a through route from Talyllyn Junctions)
Brecon and Merthyr Railway Great Western Railway Merthyr Tydfil to Brecon / Newport to Brecon (Through route fragmented) 31 December 1962 (to passengers from Newport or Merthyr)
4 May 1964 (to all traffic from Merthyr)
5½ Mile stretch of the line, re-laid as 2 ft gauge, forming the Brecon Mountain Railway.
Brynmawr and Blaenavon Railway London & North Western Railway/GWR Pontypool to Brynmawr (via Varteg, Blaenavon and Waunavon) 1941 (to passengers)
1980 (to all traffic)
2 mile section of the Railway, now preserved as the
Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway.
Brymbo branch line Great Western Railway Stansty Junction to Brymbo 1970 (to all traffic)
Burry Port and Gwendraeth Valley Railway      
Carmarthen–Aberystwyth line Great Western Railway Aberystwyth to Carmarthen 1965 (to passengers)
1973 (to all traffic)
4½ Mile stretch of the Line, now preserved as the
Gwili Railway.
Carnarvonshire Railway        
Coleford, Monmouth, Usk and Pontypool Railway CUMPR Monmouth to Pontypool 12 October 1957 The line never reached Coleford owing to the fact that the GWR bought it.[4] Passenger services were withdrawn in 1955.
Denbigh, Ruthin and Corwen Railway        
Mold and Denbigh Junction Railway        
Dyserth branch line London & North Western Railway Prestatyn to Dyserth 1973 (to all traffic)
Ebbw Valley line Great Western Railway Cardiff Central to Ebbw Vale Still Open
Hay-on-Wye to Pontrilas line Great Western Railway Hay-on-Wye to Pontrilas, via Clifford, Dorstone and Abbeydore 1953 (to passengers)
1957 (to all traffic)
Hereford, Hay and Brecon Railway Great Western and Midland Railways Brecon (Free Street) to Hereford (Barton),
via Talyllyn Junction, Aberllynfi and Hay-on-Wye
1962 (to all traffic)
Holywell branch line London & North Western Railway Holywell Junction to Holywell Town 1954-7 (in stages, to all traffic)
Llandudno branch line St George's Harbour & Rly Company (LMS) Llandudno Junction to
Llandudno, via Deganwy
Still open
Llanelly and Mynydd Mawr Railway Llanelly Railway & Dock Company (GWR) Llanelly Docks to Swansea via Cynheidre, Tumble, Cross Hands, Ammanford and Pantyffynnon 1989 (to all traffic) Most of the railway (whom still intact), now being restored as the Llanelli and Mynydd Mawr Railway
Llantrisant & Taff Vale Junction Railway Great Western Railway 1984 (to all traffic)
Mawddwy Railway Great Western Railway Cemmes Road to Dinas Mawddwy, via Aberangell 1 July 1952 (to all traffic)
Merthyr, Tredegar and Abergavenny Railway London & North Western Railway Merthyr (High Street) to Abergavenny Junction 4 January 1958 (to regular traffic, under BR)
2 November 1959 (to goods traffic)
13 November 1961 (to freight traffic)
4 May 1964 (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 31 Dec 1962 Part of the line remains open from Swansea District Line via Jersey Marine South Junction to Onllwyn
Newcastle Emlyn branch line GWR (Carmarthen and Cardigan Railway) Pencader to Newcastle Emlyn, via Llandyssul and Henllan 1965 (to passengers)
1973 (to all traffic)
Part of the former branch re-laid as Narrow Gauge, forming the Teifi Valley Railway.
Newport, Abergavenny and Hereford Railway London & North Western Railway/GWR Hereford to Quakers Yard, via Crumlin, Hengoed and Penallta Junction 9 June 1958 (to goods traffic)
Newtown to Brecon Line Mid-Wales Railway
31 Dec 1962 (Completely closed as a through route north of Talyllyn & Three Cocks Junctions)
Ogmore and Llynvi Valley lines Great Western Rly 1958 to passenger traffic
Rhondda and Swansea Bay Railway Great Western Railway Swansea to Treherbert,
via Aberavon Town and Blaengwynfi
1962 (to regular traffic)
1983 (to all traffic)
Part of the R&SBR still extant as part of the National Network,

Whilst most of the majority of the latter, between Briton Ferry and Treherbert remains completely closed.

The section of the line between Pontypridd and Treherbert also still open as the Local-Commuter Rhondda Line.
Ruabon–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 (16.1 km) in length, and the
Bala Lake Railway (between Llanuwchllyn and Bala, via Pentrepiod and Llangower), A total of 4 12 miles (7.2 km) 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        
Vale of Neath Railway Great Western Railway Neath to Merthyr Tydfil, via Gelli Tarw Junction and Quakers Yard Part of the line still exists
Wrexham and Ellesmere Railway Cambrian Railways (GWR) Ellesmere to Wrexham, via Overton-on-Dee, Bangor-on-Dee and Hightown 1962–3 (to all traffic)
Wrexham and Minera Railway Great Western Railway 1970–2 (to all traffic)
Wrexham, Mold and Connah's Quay Railway Great Western Railway Wrexham to Connah's Quay, via Gwernsyltt, Cefn-y-Bedd, Penyffordd and Buckley Junction Between Wrexham and Mold, via Llanfynydd en-route Most of the line (Wrexham to Shotton) still open
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.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Morrison, Brian (ed.). "The Meldon Quarry Branch". Modern Railways Pictorial, 1986. Ian Allan. p. 16. ISBN 0-7110-1510-4.
  2. ^ Knights, David (22 September 2016). "Cullingworth councillors check out state of Great Northern RailwayTrail following nearby building work". Keighley News. Retrieved 26 September 2017.
  3. ^ Peters, Ivo (1974). The Somerset and Dorset - An English Cross Country Railway. Oxford Publishing Company. ISBN 0-902888-33-1.
  4. ^ a b B. M. Handley and R. Dingwall, The Wye Valley Railway and the Coleford Branch, 1982, ISBN 0-85361-530-6