Map A: Stirchley & Town Park

Route of the London North Western Railway Branch Line to Coalport

Summary

 

 

The Silkin Way

The Silkin Way

More widely recognised as the popular Silkin Way, this was once the route of the London North Western Railway branch line to Coalport (East).

 

Built in 1860, on the bed of the Shropshire canal which it replaced, the railway ceased carrying passengers in 1952.

 

It continued to operate as a freight line for another 12 years but was completely closed in 1964.

 

On April 1st 1977, the Prime Minister James Callaghan, opened the the Silkin Way, a long distance path and cycle route which followed the dry canal beds and disused railway lines through Telford.

 


 

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