Celebrating the 175th anniversary of Oxford's first railway line

Submitted by Liz Woolley on May 19, 2019 - 20:34

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Grandpont Pavilion & recreation ground
Saturday, 15 June 2019
12 noon - 6pm
175th anniversary of Oxford's first railway line

The Didcot to Oxford Branch of the Great Western Railway opened in June 1844 and we’ll be celebrating its 175th anniversary with events at or near all five stations along the line – Didcot, Appleford, Culham, Radley and Oxford – on Saturday 15 June 2019. You’ll be able to buy a special GWR ticket to take you from one station to the next, and included in the price will be a special circular bus service and entry to the Didcot Railway Centre. There it’ll be a special Steam Day, with locomotives which served on the Didcot to Oxford line on display. At Appleford’s steam-themed fête there’ll be a beer tent and barbeque; at Culham you can explore the 1844 Brunel-designed ticket office; and at Radley you’ll be able to hear story tellers relating tales about the village and the railway. At Oxford we’ll be based in Grandpont, very near the site of the city’s first (1844) railway station, and you’ll be able to enjoy rides on miniature steam trains, working model displays, exhibitions about the history of Oxford’s railways, and free guided walks to the nearby LMS swingbridge, a national Scheduled Monument.

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Grandpont Pavilion & recreation ground, Whitehouse Road, Oxford OX1 4NA

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