Oxford’s station at Grandpont circa 1850
from 'History of the GWR' by MacDermot, 1927
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
Joint GWR and LMS poster
Courtesy of the Great Western Trust
Saturday 15th June 12:00noon - 6:00pm
At Oxford we’ll be centering our events 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. We hope to have special buses bringing visitors from the railway station to Grandpont.
- Miniature train rides with COSME (who run the Cutteslowe Park Miniature railway)
- Refreshments provided by the South Oxford WI
- Working model train displays from the Oxford & District Model Railway Club
- Children’s activities organised by playworkers from the South Oxford Adventure Playground (SOAP)
- Victorian music from members of the Mellstock Band in period costume
- Stalls by – amongst others – Oxford Preservation Trust, Oxford Civic Society, the Museum of Oxford, Railfuture Thames Valley, Oxford Folio Books, Littlemore History Society, Kennington History Society, Oxfordshire Bottle Club and St Matthew's Bridge Builder Trust
- Displays and exhibitions about the history of Oxford’s railways
- Displays about the reopening of the Cowley branch line, the new Oxpens development, and the proposed new foot and cycle bridge over the Thames from the Grandpont Nature Reserve
- Guided walks to the nationally-important LMS swingbridge with local historian Mark Davies, and boat rides back on Oxford’s Water Taxi
- A self-guided trail focusing on local railway history
- A children’s competition to Design the Train of the Future, judged by – amongst others – Jim Noble, Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s great-great-great grandson
- A children’s competition to describe A Train Journey of the Past, Present or Future, judged by – amongst others – former GWR Writer in Residence James Attlee, and novelist Lucy Atkins ; prizes for both competitions will be presented by Tim Dunn, railway historian and broadcaster
The Oxfordshire County Library in the Westgate Precinct will be hosting an exhibition between 25th May and 10th June to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the Didcot to Oxford railway. Find more details under the 'OTHER EVENTS' menu tab.
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