New iet
Image courtesy of GWR
The very first timetable
The very first timetable, June 1844
Courtesy of the Great Western Trust
Vintage Trains circular railtour poster

All along the line

Wednesday 12th June

GWR ran a special non-stop train from Oxford to London Paddington to commemorate the very first train between the two cities exactly 175 years previously. The train left Oxford at 11:27 carrying invited guests and arrived in London several minutes earlier than scheduled setting a new end to end record time of 37 minutes and 35 seconds. Go here for a full report and photos of this unique event.

Saturday 15th June

  • Broadcaster and train enthusiast Tim Dunn will be travelling the line with Isambard Kingdom Brunel's great-great-great grandson Jim Noble, and broadcasting live along the way
  • The Flying Scotsman will leave Didcot at about 9:08am travelling towards Swindon, hauling the Cotswold Venturer bound for Worcester. The return journey will be via Oxford arriving at Didcot at about 6:30pm
  • Vintage Trains will joining the celebrations by bringing their Oxford 175 Express railtour from Birmingham to Oxford hauled by their flagship locomotive, GWR number 7029 'Clun Castle'
  • Vintage Trains will be operating a very special Oxford 175 Luncheon Circular from Oxford Parkway and Oxford hauled of course by 'Clun Castle'

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Latest news suggests that Vintage Trains will be turning their train round using the Didcot triangle prior to its return to Birmingham. This means that Clun Castle will travel along the line between Oxford and Didcot three times!

The timings raise the very exciting prospect that Clun Castle and Flying Scotsman will acually pass each other, travelling in opposite directions, somewhere near Hinksey at about 6:22pm.

Please be aware that specials do not always stick to the published timings, and that things may change at the last minute.
See each event page for local timings.

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Combined ticket offer

You can now buy a special combined ticket in advance either online or from any GWR station, or at any GWR station on the day. This will allow unlimited travel by any GWR local service train along the Didcot to Oxford railway line, so you can hop on and hop off wherever you like. This ticket will also allow entry to the Didcot Railway Centre and unlimited travel on the special 175 bus service operated by Thames Travel which will run a circular route hourly from Didcot.

Photography Competition

In conjunction with the celebrations marking the coming of the railway to Oxford there is a photography competition which is open to all. Find more details under the 'OTHER EVENTS' menu tab.


A 'pop-up' exhibition of information banners illustrating the history of the line will be touring the area during the anniversary year. Find more details under the 'OTHER EVENTS' menu tab.

Further information

Contact us for more information, or to find out how you can get involved

Read about the special combined ticket

Check out the special bus timetable

Check out the train timetables

See the results and winners of the photo competitions

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