Monday, 5 August 2013

Cholsey to Wallingford Heritage Railway

At the start of our Thames Path walk last week, we took a ride on the Cholsey to Wallingford Heritage Railway. This 2.5 mile long stretch operates on certain weekends throughout the year, and sometimes runs steam locomotives, but also diesel locomotives are used. This was the case when we were there, when the locomotives in use had formerly been used at the Guinness Park Royal Brewery, hence the railway company was putting on a Guinness Weekend.

Our journey sarted at the Wallingford end of the line, where a new station has been built, since the former station, last used in 1965, has been demolished and built on. The Cholsey and Wallingford Railway (CWR) Preservation Society is run by enthusiasts to preserve this former branch line, known locally as 'the Bunk'.

A small museum is housed in a old carriage.

The train approaches the station.

The two locomotives were called 'Lion' and 'Unicorn' and still bear the Guinness emblem.

All aboard!

Inside the carriage compartments were a blast from the past.

The bar, serving Guinness for this special weekend, was quaintly informal.

The guard signalled that we were ready to depart.

This modern level crossing was specially built for the Heritage Railway when the Wallingford by-pass was built.

We pass through the pretty Oxfordshire countryside.

Whittenam Clumps, two distinctive tree-topped hills, can be seen in the distance.

We had our tickets ready but no-one came to inspect them.

We pass Cholsey Parish Church, so our ride is nearly over.

We arrive at Cholsey Station, which is on the main line between Reading and Oxford.

Our branch line has it's own platform and the locomotive is shunted to the other end of the train for the return journey.

From Cholsey we set off towards the River Thames for our walk back to Wallingford along the Thames Path.


  1. What a great train ride! I yearn for old fashioned trains where you could slam the train door!!!


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