Cholsey-Wallingford Railway

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Cholsey-Wallingford Railway

Cholsey-Wallingford Railway
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RJH29
Bristol, UK8 contributions
Jul 2021
The construction of the lovingly restored Maidenhead Canopy has hopefully begun transformation for this line's main station at Wallingford. It's actually starting to look like a proper branch line terminus for the first time.
With a visiting pannier tank a great visit was assured. I would thoroughly recommend the pre-ordered on-train home made cake and the coffee, served from a cafetiere with proper china cups. Oh, and a nice little run through unremarkable countryside to the Network Rail station at Cholesy where you can alight for a few minutes whilst the locomotive runs round and watch the main line electrics hurtle through.
Written July 11, 2021
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Ken J
Birmingham, UK974 contributions
Aug 2021
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. There are no facilities at Cholsey. 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 engine. 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.

On the journey, look out for Cholsey Church, where Agatha Christie is buried,
Written August 10, 2021
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Helen A
28 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
Visited today for the first time. Small station but great size car park.

Really organised and committed volunteers. I had booked on line for 4 seats at a table plus 4 teas.
Delighted to arrive at the ticket office and all was in order tickets issued without any problem and advised table 1 first carriage.

Boarded the train to find lovely China cups and saucers ready on the table for us and just prior to departure 2 large pots of fresh tea arrived. Absolutely wonderful!! I had taken scones as cake was offered but unsure which type at booking and I had a fussy eater with me 🤣 however the cake at a neighbouring table looked homemade lemon drizzle and very attractive.

Trip 45mins and you can get off briefly at Cholsey to watch the engine change ends.

Added bonus on return one of the volunteers had organised a fly past of the Vulcan bomber absolutely fabulous!!

Definitely worth a visit
Written May 2, 2022
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MDB_000
Moreton-in-Marsh, UK2 contributions
Dec 2021
This was a very second rate experience. Cold, damp, and dirty. We were left waiting watching a simply appalling stage show,. The train was late, we were left hanging around in freezing conditions with children in pyjamas. No safety barriers on the station and staff who could not have been less interested. People were being charged more to sit on the side of the train where you could see out the window - all the other poor people saw little or nothing! The only saving grace were the US dance team on the train who could sing - the rest of it pretty dreadful. Stay at home and watch the film!
Written December 22, 2021
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Lulu1000
Reading, UK23 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
We went on Friday 3 June for one of the Jubilee rides; we had a really amazing time. It’s actually really relaxing and the food and drinks service was done on really lovely crockery
The staff are beyond lovely and are all dressed up
It was so cheap as well. Amazing
Written June 5, 2022
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Lizziebizz
Crowmarsh Gifford, UK57 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
My husband & visited Sunday after renewing our vows on Saturday, it was our little “mini moon”. We can not get over how beautiful, vintage & and lovely the whole experience was. The staff were so attentive and welcoming and the attention to detail for the tea & cake with a beautiful quirky teapot , Eternal Bow China, and the most delicious lemon drizzle cake! . We thought the scenery to be most fascinating as we rode along the line especially fir us locals, the fields orchards churches and houses. Beautiful rolling Oxfordshire countryside. The staff where all dressed the part . And we felt like we’d gone back in time in a good way ! Just wish the shop had been open today , as I would’ve probably bought a lot lol 😂 Thankyou for the experience the customer service the photos you agreed to take & the historical information about the steam train we rode - fascinating and beautiful day.
Written July 26, 2021
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Wendy C
Abingdon, UK55 contributions
Oct 2021 • Friends
Visited today for Wallingford at War event, which was well organised & very enjoyable. My 96 year old dad was fascinated by the displays & seeing people dressed up in wartime clothing. We all enjoyed the ride on the steam train & the price was very reasonable. I would highly recommend a visit.
Written October 3, 2021
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spanner48
Oxford, UK26 contributions
Aug 2020
The Cholsey-Wallingford Railway is run by a group of enthusiastic volunteers., who run trains on high days and holidays in the summer months. But the only motive power is a diesel shunter.

So: no magic, for the kids. Or even for the adults.
Written October 2, 2020
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Victoria L
London, UK50 contributions
Nov 2021 • Family
One star out because I really wanted to receive the tickets but were lost in the post. It was magical and lovely . It exceeded my expectations as I came quite negative after the ticket fiasco , but the Christmas spirit made me forget all about it and we have so much fun. Thank you all of you for the great work you are doing, this is such a good value. A suggestion is make the trip to some kid of grotto or ice skating Lapland style maybe a partnership and making the space with more activities. The bus ride from the car park was very good also, we didn’t have to wait in the cold. Excellent day out .
Written November 27, 2021
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Clare M
Wallingford, UK72 contributions
Aug 2021
Went on a cream tea trip today on the train. Had a lovely time. Weather held out for us and lovely views from the train. The cream tea was very nice. Considering this is all run by volunteers they did a fantastic job!!
Written August 7, 2021
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