Branch Line Britain - celebrating Britain's minor railways

Other Lines

This section consists of a few other minor lines which do not fit into the above five categories.

These include airport branch lines, cross-London lines which go through different ex-BR regions and privately owned community railway lines which exist for the local community as well as for tourists.

Gatwick Express at Balham railway station

Airport Branch Lines

There are several UK airports which are served by their own dedicated branch lines and/or direct trains. Here are details of the most important airport railway lines. 

Birmingham - website 

Cardiff -  website

Gatwick -  website 

Heathrow -  website  Journey Review - coming soon

Liverpool -  website

Luton - website

Manchester - website

Newcastle - website

Stansted - website journey review - coming soon

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Manchester Airport train                           Heathrow Express Train                           


Cross London Lines

Gospel Oak Station entrance

Barking to Gospel Oak

Name of Line: The Goblin Line

Stations: Barking, Woodgrange Park, Wanstead Park, Leytonstone High Road,  Leyton Midland Road, Walthamstow Queens Road, Blackhorse Road, South Tottenham, Harringay Green Lanes, Crouch Hill, Upper Holloway, Gospel Oak.

Description:  This often forgotten line goes west across north-east London starting at Barking on the Fenchurch Street to Southend line, all the way to Gospel Oak near Camden, where it meets up with the North London line.  Much of the line is above ground level so views across London are part of this railway line experience. 

Train Operating Company: London Overground


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Barking Station entrance

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Class 150 unit at Barking Station





Kensington Olympia railway station

Kensington Olympia to Wandsworth Road

Stations: Kensington Olympia, Wandsworth Road

Description: This train covers the route prevously used by Brighton to Birmingham New Street trains across south and west London

Train Operating Company: Southern


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The 11.11 train to Princes Risborough at Paddington

Paddington to South Ruislip

Stations: London Paddington, Greenford, South Ruislip.

Description:  This forgotten line runs just one train each weekday in each direction between Paddington and Princes Risborough. This is because the Train Operating Company, Chiltern Trains, needs to use the line to keep it open for engineering purposes. 

Train Operating Company: Chiltern Railways

History: This line was originally the London end of the Great Western Railway route from Birkenhead Woodside via Birmingham to London.

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North London Line trains at Richmond


Richmond to Stratford

Name of line: The North London Line 

Stations: Richmond, Kew Gardens, Gunnersbury, South Acton, Acton Central, Willesden Junction, Kensal Rise, Brondesbury Park, Brondesbury, West Hampstead, Finchley Road & Frognal, Hampstead Heath, Gospel Oak, Kentish Town West, Camden Road, Caledonian Road & Barnsbury, Highbury & Islington, Canonbury, Dalston, Kingsland, Hackney Central, Homerton, Hackney Wick, Stratford.

Train Operating Company: London Overground

Description: The North London line actually starts in the South West of London at Richmond, before going in an arc across north London to Stratford in the East. With the Olympic Games coming in 2012, this strategic line is likely to become more busy than it is.


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Trivia: This is the only Network Rail line which appears on maps of the London Underground.


Willesden train waiting at Clapham Junction

Willesden Junction to Clapham Junction

Name of line: The West London Line

Stations: Willesden Junction, Kensington Olympia, West Brompton, Clapham Junction 

Train Operating Company: London Overground



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Trivia: Kensington Olympia used to be used as the terminus for the Motor rail trains which transported cars and their owners to the far north of Scotland in the 1970's.


 Community Railway Lines


The Weardale Railway

Stations: Walsingham, Frosterley, Stanhope, Eastgate

Description: This privately owned community railway aims to join up with the Darlington to Bishop Auckland branch.  


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Redmire Station looking west


The Wensleydale Railway

Stations: Leeming Bar, Bedale, Finghall, Leyburn, Redmire

Description: This community railway aims to join up with the East Coast main line at Northallerton in the east, and with the Settle & Carlisle line at Garsdale in the west.


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