LNWR - London to Birmingham 180th anniversary

17th September 2018

Travellers at London Euston received a surprise this morning as London Northwestern Railway marked the anniversary of the very first train to operate between London and Birmingham. 180 years previously, the company known as London and Northwestern Railway, operated the first departure from London Euston. The train arrived Birmingham’s Curzon Street station five and half hours later.

Betwen 0800 and 0900 this morning, passengers arriving at London Euston enjoyed a surprise breakfast at the station and further celebrations were planned to take place later in the day at Birmingham New Street.

Andrew Conroy, customer experience director for London Northwestern Railway said: “The southern stretch of the West Coast mainline remains a key route on our network. To mark this significant anniversary, we wanted to give something back to our customers who travel with us day in day out. A lot may have changed over the past 180 years, including the operators who run services – even though the names seen on the route have remained very similar!”

Author: Darren Porter
Image: London Northwestern Railway