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Welcome to the 175th anniversary website

This website was developed to publicise these events and has been amended in places to reflect the fact that the anniversary weekend has since taken place. The site will remain available via to act as a record of what was a very popular and unique community celebration. Please note however that as time passes some of the links to external sites may become out of date, and the social media accounts referenced (such as Facebook) may have been closed.

The Didcot to Oxford branch line of the Great Western Railway opened in 1844, on the 12th of June. On Saturday 15th June 2019 events were held at or near all five stations along the line – Didcot, Appleford, Culham, Radley and Oxford – to celebrate its 175th anniversary.

Courtesy of GWR, you could buy a special combined bus/train/Didcot Railway Centre ticket for use all day.

Vintage Trains brought their flagship locomotive, GWR number 7029 'Clun Castle' to Oxford specially to join in with the anniversary celebrations.

Click or tap any of the menu items above to see what was planned at each location. Check out the photo competition and the other events leading up to, and following, the anniversary weekend too.

If you came to some or all of the events we trust you had an interesting and enjoyable time.

Further information

Follow the South Oxford railway history trail

Learn more about the history of the Didcot to Oxford railway here

A 'pop-up' exhibition of information banners illustrating the history of the line will continue to tour the area until the end of the anniversary year. Find more details under the 'OTHER EVENTS' menu tab.

See the results and winners of the photo competition

The celebrations were kindly supported by Great Western Railway, the Greening Lamborn Trust, Brasenose College, University College, Oxfordshire Local History Association, Oxford Civic Society, the St Matthew’s Bridge Builder Trust, Oxford City Council (Hinksey Ward), Pendon Museum, Oxford Spires Four Pillars Hotel, The Railway Inn and Entikera Limited.