Wednesday, 18 August 2021

Cholsey & Wallingford Railway


Ken Jones visited the Cholsey and Wallingford Railway recently and has sent the following photos from his visit.

This GWR branch line that was first opened in 1866. A round trip takes around 45 mins from the historic market town of Wallingford to Cholsey main line station and back. 
The line runs through the beautiful countryside of South Oxfordshire using MK1 1950s coaches, normally hauled by an 08 diesels locomotive. 
Sometimes they have a visiting steam engines. They also have sentinel steam engines to be restored.




Known locally as "The Bunk", passenger services ceased in 1959. Having secured the line in 1981, the CWR Preservation Society now aims to enhance the facilities that the railway offers and to improve the Wallingford site including the excellent station canopy which came from Maidenhead.




Two of the 08 shunters are early examples from the Guinness factory at Park Royal and are seen in that livery complete with their nameplates of Unicorn and Lion.

During the journey, passengers can look out for Cholsey Church, where Agatha Christie is buried.







Thanks yet again to Ken Jones for keeping us supplied with photographs from the events now taking place after the end of lockdown.
If you are attending transport events this year please feel free to email photos to focustransport2011@gmail.com 

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