The Cholsey to Wallingford Railway started live in 1866 originally meaning to go as far as Watlington then onto Chinnor where it would meet the main line again. It stopped at Wallingford due to financial problems and was sold to the GWR. In the end there was a railway to Watlington from Chinnor but that closed in 1960. The Cholsey to Wallingford section closed to passenger traffic in 1959 and finally closed for goods in 1981. A preservation society was formed and took the line over in 1986 when the first trains were run. I thought it would be a good idea to show how the line looks the present day.
The Bay Platform at Cholsey Station is where you find the start of the line. From memory it has changed little in all the years I have been going to the station
The line runs out West direction before turning off to the right
As you can see from the train coming into the station here
Around the area where the bend is there used to be points that connected the branch to the main line
This old photo I sourced from the Cornwall Railway Society the photo was taken by David Ward. It was the last time a BR train would use the branch line.
This photo is by Roger Joanes and was taken on 17-04-1959. You can see the old signal box that was on platforms 2&3 over on the far right. The carriage in the bay is having boxes loaded on
This photo was taken by the Late Ben Brooksbank of a engine at the bay with passengers getting on, it was taken in the late 1950's
I took this photo in June 2012 at the time I was getting a shot of the engine and carriages in the Bay when this Intercity train came past a lot slower than they normally do on the local side of the track like it was paying homage to the steam train
Excitement with the City of Truro visiting
This is where the line turns right from the station on it's way to Wallingford, the main line can be seen in the distance
The last photo was zoomed in from a good distance from the main line. The photos were taken in 2008 and it is not something I would do but as kids we did go up here all the time and no doubt they still do.
Walking North a little you can see where the line turns a little more right around the village.
This view of the line is taken from the bridge we call Bunk arch the last two photos were taken out of sight to the left. From the bridge you
can see all the way to where the bed is which is a little past the
hedge line across the centre of the photo. Many years ago I was told a story by an old fireman who worked on steam trains. He told me that the Royal train had been stabled up the Bunk one day in 1953. At first I thought this a tail but then I found a reference to this in the history on Cholsey with a photo that shows the Royal train with two engines pulling away towards the main line. Around 50 people were stood on this bridge to witness the train which was stabled around here, if you look at the colour photo by Frank Dumbleton you will notice a white box to the left of the tree, that was the GPO connection point for the phone on the Royal Train so they could keep in touch with the Government. It happened quite a few times after that though getting on the station to see them would have been a problem with all the police around.
Looking the opposite way towards Wallingford the line bends a little to the right past the sewage works
The next place you see along the line is the sewage works which was built round the 1950s to cope with the waste from Cholsey & Wallingford
Old signalling equipment stored on the side of the railway
You follow the footpath if your not on the train
The next place you will come to along the line is this old level crossing
The bottom sign is an old British Rail warning telling you that you could be fined £200 pounds, Now if you did on the main line you are looking at been lighter of £1000 for your trouble
List along from the crossing are some end buffers stored for later use
as you are on the crossing you can looking back up the line towards Cholsey the former Hillgreen Farm can bee seen over on the right
Further along you pass more rails stored on the side
Near Coxes Farm is an old Workmen's Hut, trashed long ago by the local kids
The oldest one I spotted was 1903
The old warning signs are still there and the gates left open
The line looking back to Cholsey
and towards Wallingford with the farm track on the right, the By-Pass in the distance
Zoomed in you can see a van going across it.
Now this photo was taken in 1993 when the By-Pass had opened, the gates are closing
Because one of the first trains was coming through
Before you got there you would have gone under this bridge called Old Moor Bridge, your looking towards the Creamery the current station is around the area of the photgrapher who is R.M.Cassery the photo was scanned from the book The Wallingford Branch
Some time during the between the 1960 to 1970 the station site was built on and is now a housing estate.