• Great Western Railway 175th Anniversary

    Saturday 15th June

The Didcot to Oxford Branch of the Great Western Railway opened in June 1844 and there will be celebrations for 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 discounted 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. The Oxford celebrations will be based at the Grandpont Recreation Ground and Pavillion, very near the site of the city’s first (1844) railway station, and you’ll be able to enjoy rides on miniature 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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  • Didcot Railway Centre

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Didcot, Parkway Station

  • X2 - Oxford, Abingdon, Drayton, Steventon, Milton Park, Brightwell-cum-Sotwell and Wallingford.
  • X32 - Oxford, Milton Park, Harwell, Chilton, East Hendred, West Hendred and Wantage.
  • 33/X33 - Abingdon, Culham, Sutton Courtenay, Milton, Harwell, East Hendred, West Hendred and Wantage.
  • 94 - North Moreton, Upton, Blewbury and East Hagbourne.
  • 98 - Harwell and Great Western Park

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  • Grandpont Recreation Ground - Oxford

    Your nearest bus stops.

Grandpont Recreation Ground

  • X2 - Oxford, Abingdon, Drayton, Steventon, Milton Park, Brightwell-cum-Sotwell and Wallingford.
  • X32 - Oxford, Milton Park, Harwell, Chilton, East Hendred, West Hendred and Wantage.
  • X38 - Oxford, Nuneham Courtenay, Berinsfield, Shillingford, Benson, Crowmarsh Gifford, Nuffield, Nettlebed, Henley, Lower Shiplake, Caversham and Reading.
  • X39 - Oxford, Nuneham Courtenay, Berinsfield, Shillingford, Benson, Crowmarsh Gifford, Cane End, Caversham and Reading.
  • X40 - Oxford, Nuneham Courtenay, Berinsfield, Shillingford, Benson, Crowmarsh Gifford, Woodcote, Cane End, Caversham and Reading.

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