The Railways of Telford – the Coalport Branch – Part 1A
Very soon after publishing the first article about the Coalport Branch,  I was contacted by David Clarke with an offer of relevant photographs from his collection.
David Clarke is the author of a relatively recent book, “The Railways of Telford” which I reviewed soon after we moved to Telford. It was an invaluable first step for me in exploring the railways and plateways (tramroads/tramways) of the area. 
In the remaining articles about the Branch, relevant photographs for David’s collection will be included in the main article. As those relevant to Part 1 appeared after its publication, there are two of these and they are included in this addendum to Part 1.
In addition to David’s photographs, I have found further images on line which I am permitted to share with you. The first is an aerial image from 1949 of the Castle Car Works at Hadley which incidentally includes Hadley Junction.
I will add any further images relating to the first article about the Coalport Branch which come to light here.
David Clarke; The Railways of Telford; Crowood Press, Marlborough, Wiltshire, 2016.
These articles are very interesting to me as my great grandfather Aaron Bowen appears to have been involved since the start of this line. You will see from the attached page from the 1861 Census for Madeley he is shown as living in Barker Lane (later renamed Station Road) next to the railway station and employed as a Railway Labourer. I don’t know whether he was employed by the railway company or the contractor building the railway but he went on to work for almost his entire working life as a Platelayer and similar positions with the L&NWR on the Heart of Wales line and was based at Garth Station when my grandfather was born. For a time they lived at the Railway Cottages at Sugar Loaf Summit. With regard to Madeley, it looks like he lived at the right place at the right time!
I am on the committee of the Friends of Ironbridge Gorge Museum and I see you have a talk booked for later this year so will chat with you then.
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Thanks for reaching out Glyn. The date of the talk has been changed to the Autumn because of a clash with a VIP visit to Blists Hill.
The date of your talk Roger and Glyn “Tramways of East Shropshire” is the 18th October.
Regards Gregory Vernon
I renewed the lighting fittings in the sidings at Hadley Junction,in the winter of 1963/64 ,I was then a 23 year old Electrician based at Stafford Road Works ,Wolverhampton.q