Original Culham Station name board
Original nameboard from Oxford Station
Courtesy of the Didcot Railway Centre
Oxford's first railway staion in 1850
Oxford’s station at Grandpont circa 1850
from 'History of the GWR' by MacDermot, 1927
Buy your tickets at the Post Office
Henry Taunt's map of the Thames in Oxford, 1879, showing the layout of the railway when all three stations were still in place.
from 'A New Map of the River Thames' (3rd ed)
Taunt & Co, 1879
GWR Oxford poster
Joint GWR and LMS poster
Courtesy of the Great Western Trust


1st to 30th June: South Oxford railway history trail

Visitors could discover the fascinating and hidden history of the first railway in Oxford by following a special self-guided trail. Using the map, they could search out all twenty five information posters and retrace the original route of the railway to Oxford's first station.

The trail posters have now been taken down, but you can still follow the trail and view the posters online or print them out by following one of the links below.

Saturday 15th June 12:00noon - 6:00pm

At Oxford the events were centred at the Grandpont Recreation Ground and Pavilion, which are very close to the site of Oxford’s first railway station, just off the Abingdon Road near Folly Bridge.

There was no admission charge for this event.

There were:

How to find us

  • A map showing the location of the venue is HERE
  • For those thinking of walking or cycling from Oxford railway station (a distance of just over a mile), an interactive map was available, or written instructions were available HERE

There is no direct bus service from Oxford railway station to Grandpont, but Oxford Bus Company offered a special rate of only £1 per single journey for any trip by PickMeUp bus to or from Grandpont, within the PickMeUp travel zone, all day on 15th June. Not only that, but children under 5 went free, and if three people were booked to travel together on the same journey, the third person went free as well.

You just had to download the PickMeUp app and put in the postcode of the event venue on Whitehouse Road in Grandpont - OX1 4QH

Steam railtours by Vintage Trains of Tyseley

  • Vintage Trains joined the celebrations by bringing their Oxford 175 Express railtour from Birmingham to Oxford hauled by their flagship locomotive, GWR number 7029 'Clun Castle'.
  • They also operated a very special Oxford 175 Luncheon Circular from Oxford Parkway and Oxford hauled of course by 'Clun Castle'. These railtours proved to be a great magnet all along the line for enthusiasts and casual observers alike, they certainly gave the day of celebrations a fantastic start and finished it in similar style.

Further information

Follow the South Oxford railway history trail

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

How to FIND US - walking or cycling route from Oxford railway station

How to FIND US - local area map