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Shrewsbury Station (Shrewsbury)

Shrewsbury Station is the railway station that serves the outstanding old town of Shrewsbury.

It is built on the narrow neck of land which prevents the River Severn making Shrewsbury an island, and is a short walk, past Shrewsbury Castle, to the town centre.

It was originally built in 1848 by T. K. Penson, and rebuilt in 1903. Railway warehouses by Fallows and Hart date from 1835, and were originally built as canal warehouses.

Shrewsbury is an important junction.

Trains from Birmingham arrive by way of Wolverhampton and Telford.

An important cross country line runs close to the Welsh border to Craven Arms, Ludlow, Leominster, Hereford, Abergavenny and Newport (Gwent).

Another line runs deep into Wales, to Welshpool. Machynlleth and Dovey Junction, then on to either Aberystwyth or Barmouth, Porthmadog and Pwllheli.

Another line goes to Gobowen, Wrexham and Chester.

Yet another runs to Whitchurch, Nantwich and Crewe.

A station at Abbey Foregate, close to Shrewsbury Abbey, closed in 1912.

Shrewsbury Abbey Station closed in 1933, and from here trains ran to Shawardine and Maesbrook, and also to Ironbridge, Bridgnorth, Bewdley and Kidderminster. The Bridgnorth to Kidderminster section now operates as the steam Severn Valley Railway.

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