Wallingford railway station
|Area||South Oxfordshire, Oxfordshire|
|Original company||Wallingford & Watlington Railway|
|Pre-grouping||Great Western Railway|
Western Region of British Railways
Cholsey and Wallingford Railway
|1959||Passenger services ceased|
|1965||Goods services ceased|
|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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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 ( The line never proceeded beyond, so did not reach the second-named town in its title. ).
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, 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.
|Preceding station||Heritage railways||Following station|
|Terminus||Cholsey and Wallingford Railway
Wallingford Branch Line
Line and station open
- "Cholsey and Wallingford Railway History". Retrieved 5 February 2009.
- MacDermot, E.T. (1931). History of the Great Western Railway. Vol. II (1st ed.). Paddington: Great Western Railway.