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Didcot to Oxford Great Western Railway 175th Anniversary Celebrations

Saturday June 15th

Didcot Railway Centre is just one of the places to enjoy on this day as we celebrate the opening of the Didcot to Oxford branch line of the Great Western Railway in June 1844.

There will be events at or near all five stations along the line – Didcot, Appleford, Culham, Radley and Oxford:

  • Didcot - Plenty of activities at the Railway Centre (see below), and the special 175 bus service will stop outside the railway station
  • Appleford - A family fete at the recreation field, with steam traction engines, vintage cars, a brass band and family activities
  • Culham - The ticket office in the original Brunel broad-gauge era staion building will be open with a display of historic railway items
  • Radley - Displays, storytellers and a grandstand view of passing trains in the garden of the Bowyer Arms
  • Oxford - Events at the Grandpont Recreation Ground including model and minature railways, live music, stalls and displays

Pendon Museum at Long Wittenham will be open and will be served by the special 175 bus service. Note that admission to Pendon Museum is not included in the combined ticket.

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

Don't miss what is going to be a great day for all ages and all interests. Visit one, a couple, or even all the venues. Using the combined ticket why not take advantage of the special 175 bus service operated by Thames Travel which will run a circular route hourly from Didcot? Or travel by any normal scheduled GWR train. Whatever you choose to do you will not be disappointed.

At Didcot Railway Centre

  • Engines in steam
  • Refreshments
  • Live music
  • Children’s activities
  • Locomotives which served on the Didcot to Oxford line
  • A special display of photos and archive materials
  • Railway timeline displays on hoardings
  • A Victorian theme in the Transfer Shed
  • A special display at the Oxford Road Station end of the site

See the Anniversary Celebrations website for more details


This is a Steam Day, so you will be able to view our collections of locomotives, coaches, wagons and buildings as described in the Centre Guide and in our Guidebook (available for purchase from our shop or at the entrance) and enjoy the various facilities and exhibits.

Discover Brunel's Broad Gauge and the 1930s Engine Shed. Visit the GWT Museum and our restoration workshops. Watch the modern pasenger and freight trains from our Picnic Area.

You can walk around the only surviving steam age loco depot in its original condition, and get up close to our large collection of locomotives which are so much more impressive when seen from ground level. Why not explore the rest of the centre including the Archie Trail, the Science Learning & Railways interactive exhibition and visit our shop and refreshment room?

In addition, you will be able to:

  • Ride in coaches from the 1930s behind some of our Great Western steam locomotives, or in our Steam Railmotor or Diesel Railcar. We have two running lines, 'The Main Line' and 'The Branch Line' with trains normally running on either or both of them. You may ride as many times as you like as there is no extra charge
  • Watch the trains go past. There are frequent journeys on our running lines so you will have plenty of opportunity to take photos from vantage points alongside the tracks as well as ride on the trains

Check our Locomotive Roster to see what we expect to be running on your next visit.


Combined ticket offer

A special combined bus/train/Didcot Railway Centre ticket will allow unlimited travel between Oxford and Didcot by bus or train on Saturday 15th June and includes entry to the Didcot Railway Centre.

All inclusive price just £19.50 per person or £18.50 for Senior Railcard holders.

These tickets will allow you to hop on and off either the train or bus at any station along the line as often as you like, in either direction, so you can visit any or all the venues and combine bus and train travel however you wish.

Tickets can be purchased on the day on the train, or in advance from any GWR station. They can also be purchased on-line from the gwr.com website though they're not easy to find!

Buy tickets online now

Please read these instructions carefully before attempting to buy your tickets as there is no direct link to them on the GWR website.

  1. Click on the link below which will take you to the general Rovers/Rangers ticketing page
  2. In the Buy Ranger/Rover box on the left choose Thames Valley from the Geographical Area selection drop down menu
  3. Click Search
  4. This will take you to all the available tickets where you can then choose the Oxford Didcot 175 option, and finally proceed to buy your tickets

Visit the GWR Rovers and Rangers ticket page after reading the above instructions.

This combined ticket offer is brought to you by GWR and any queries regarding availability, purchasing, terms and conditions, or timetabling should be raised directly with them.The promotion of this offer does not imply any liability by the organisers of the 175th celebrations for any matters arising whatsoever.


Buy Didcot Railway Centre tickets

You can buy Didcot Railway Centre tickets online at any time prior to the day of your visit - or buy them at the entrance on arrival.

Saturday 15th June 2019
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