Wallingford railway station

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Wallingford
Cholsey and Wallingford Railway 2.jpg
Location
Place Wallingford
Area South Oxfordshire, Oxfordshire
Grid reference SU600891
Operations
Original company Wallingford & Watlington Railway
Pre-grouping Great Western Railway
Post-grouping GWR
Western Region of British Railways
Cholsey and Wallingford Railway
Platforms 1
History
1866 Opened
1959 Passenger services ceased
1965 Goods services ceased
1969 demolished
31 May 1981 Reopened as heritage railway station 500m south of original location
Stations on heritage railways in the United Kingdom
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Auto-train and (detached) 0-4-2T in 1959

Wallingford railway station is a railway station serving the town of Wallingford. It is now part of a preserved railway.

History[edit]

On 2 July 1866, the Wallingford & Watlington Railway was opened from a junction with the GWR main line at Moulsford (hitherto known as Wallingford Road) to Wallingford, where a station was constructed on the south side of Wantage Road (now Station Road), at grid reference SU602895 (51°36′06″N 1°07′55″W / 51.6017°N 1.1320°W / 51.6017; -1.1320 (Wallingford railway station (original))). The line never proceeded beyond, so did not reach the second-named town in its title.[1]

For such a short line and a small station, the location was well patronised by commercial freight customers. The original Wallingford creamery was taken over by the Co-op Wholesale Society,[2] and had its own private siding access from the goods yard to allow access for milk trains, which then took product to London until the late 1950s. There was also a Malting plant with rail access.

In 1969 the line was shortened by 500 metres (1,600 ft), back to the location of the malting plant on Hithercroft Road, which was the only remaining goods customer. When British Rail removed the junction at Cholsey in 1981, traffic from the maltings stopped and the line was closed. The new Wallingford station was built at this location, on the south side of St. Johns Road, at grid reference SU600891, when the line reopened as a heritage railway.[3]

Services[edit]

Preceding station Heritage Railways  Heritage railways Following station
Terminus   Cholsey and Wallingford Railway
Occasional service
  Cholsey
Disused railways
Terminus   British Rail
Western Region

Wallingford Branch Line
  Cholsey
Line and station open

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ MacDermot vol. II, pp.42-43
  2. ^ Antony Ewart Smith (1960). "The CWS Creamery on Borough Road circa 1960". geograph.org.uk. Retrieved 2012-01-25. 
  3. ^ Cholsey and Wallingford Railway History

References[edit]

Coordinates: 51°35′52″N 1°08′07″W / 51.5978°N 1.1352°W / 51.5978; -1.1352