The names of streets and lanes can give you a good idea about their history. Take, for example, Railway Walk. Today it is part of Milton Keynes' redway system, a leisure and access route for pedestrians and cyclists, so why is it called railway walk?
If you look carefully, amongst the overgrown shrubbery, you will see what used to be a station platform. Another clue is the arched railway bridge, which the redway passes under. These are the remains of Bradwell Station on the former Branch Line, affectionately known as the 'Nobby Line' when it was in use.
A train service used to operate between Wolverton and Newport Pagnell with trains stopping at Bradwell and Linford. The line itself was only 4 miles long and was the shortest in the county. From Bradwell Station it took just 4 minutes to reach Bradwell and 10 minutes to reach Newport Pagnell.

The line opened for the public in 1867, though the first train ran in 1865. The final day of train services from Bradwell Station was 5th September 1964.

Bradwell Station when it was still in use.

Note the scrap in Goodman's Yard at the top right hand corner.

To find out more about the Nobby Line click here. (You will need to use your browser's back arrow to return to this page)
Here you can listen to 2 people's memories of the Nobby Line
Olwen Crisp
Sylvia Mead
The Redway

After the railway was decommissioned, the length of the route was incorporated into Milton Keynes' Redway network. In the map below you can see how this particular stretch links in.

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