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Issue Date: 12/06/2019
Issue Name: 175th Anniversary of the Didcot to Oxford Railway
Producer: Buckingham Covers
On the 12th June 2019 the Oxford Branch Line celebrates 175 years. Our lovely cover features the Flying Scotsman outside Brunel designed Culham station. We hope to have the cover carried on the lines anniversary, if this happens it will feature a carried cachet.
The railway is celebrating the event with a Gala weekend on the 15th and 16th of June. The 15th of June is the 108th birthday of Reverend W Awdry, creator of Thomas the Tank Engine. A naming ceremony will take place at Didcot station at about 11am when one of the very latest GWR Intercity Express trains will be named after him.
Our cover features a stamp and label from our 2011 Thomas the Tank Engine stamp sheet, along with a Didcot, Oxford postmark (12th June, 2019), and will hopefully be carried on the lines anniversary.
Didcot to Oxford - Great Western Railway
For several reasons the London to Bristol main line did not go through Oxford, but passed to the south with stations at Wallingford Road (Moulsford) and Steventon. Several schemes were proposed to connect Oxford to the railway network but all met objections from local land owners and the University who were concerned that easy travel by rail would lead students astray.
In the event, Oxford gained two rail links, both of which terminated there. The later one from Bletchley to the north-west was engineered by Stephenson for the Buckinghamshire Railway (worked and later owned by the L&NWR) which opened in 1851. That station building was eventually rescued long after closure and has been rebuilt at the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre near Aylesbury. The site has been built over and no traces remain except for the old railway swing bridge over Sheepwash Channel just to the north.
On Saturday 15th June 2019 the line celebrates its 175th anniversary with events at or near all five stations along the line – Didcot, Appleford, Culham, Radley and Oxford. A naming ceremony will take place at Didcot Station at about 11:00am when one of the very latest GWR Intercity Express trains will be named after the Reverend W. Awdry, creator of Thomas the Tank Engine, who was born on June 15th 1911.
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