Watlington railway station, Oxfordshire

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For the open railway station of the same name in Norfolk, see Watlington railway station.
Watlington
Watlington (Oxon) Railway Station.jpg
Location
Place Watlington
Area South Oxfordshire
Coordinates 51°39′04″N 0°59′43″W / 51.6511°N 0.9953°W / 51.6511; -0.9953Coordinates: 51°39′04″N 0°59′43″W / 51.6511°N 0.9953°W / 51.6511; -0.9953
Grid reference SU696952
Operations
Original company Watlington and Princes Risborough Railway
Pre-grouping Great Western Railway
Post-grouping Great Western Railway
Platforms 1
History
15 August 1872 Station opened
1 July 1957 Station closed to passengers
2 January 1961 Station closed-completely
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
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Watlington railway station in Oxfordshire was the terminus of the Watlington and Princes Risborough Railway and opened in 1872. Watlington station was not in Watlington itself, but in Pyrton about a mile north east from centre of Watlington.

The line was always single track. The facilities at Watlington station included a stone-built passenger building, a goods shed, and locomotive and carriage sheds.

The line was projected to be extended to Wallingford, where it would complete a cross-country line between Cholsey and Princes Risborough. Due to financial difficulties the Watlington - Wallingford section was never built.

British Railways closed the Watlington and Princes Risborough Railway to passengers in 1957[1] and to goods in 1961. Remains of the buildings exist, heavily overgrown, on private land.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Oppitz, 2000, page 22

Bibliography[edit]

  • Karau, Paul; Turner, Chris (1998). Country branch line: An intimate portrait of the Watlington branch. Vol 1: The story of the line from 1872-1961. Didcot: Wild Swan. ISBN 1-874103-43-7. 
  • Karau, Paul; Turner, Chris (1998). Country branch line: An intimate portrait of the Watlington branch. Vol 2: The stations. Didcot: Wild Swan. ISBN 1-874103-46-1. 
  • Oppitz, Leslie (2000). Lost Railways of the Chilterns. Newbury: Countryside Books. pp. 20–23. ISBN 1-85306-643-5. 
  • Holden, J S (1974). The Watlington Branch. Oxford Publishing Co. ISBN 0-902888-41-2. 

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Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Lewknor Bridge Halt
Line and station closed
  Great Western Railway
Watlington and Princes Risborough Railway
  Terminus