Watlington railway station (Oxfordshire)

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Location
Place Watlington
Area South Oxfordshire
Coordinates 51°39′04″N0°59′43″W / 51.6511°N 0.9953°W / 51.6511; -0.9953 Coordinates: 51°39′04″N0°59′43″W / 51.6511°N 0.9953°W / 51.6511; -0.9953
Grid reference SU696952
Operations
Original company Watlington and Princes Risborough Railway
Pre-grouping Great Western Railway
Post-grouping Great Western Railway
Platforms 1
History
15 August 1872 Station opened
1 July 1957 Station closed to passengers
2 January 1961 Station closed-completely
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
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Watlington railway station in Oxfordshire was the terminus of the Watlington and Princes Risborough Railway and opened in 1872. Watlington station was not in Watlington itself, but in Pyrton about a mile north east from centre of Watlington.

Oxfordshire County of England

Oxfordshire is a county in South East England. The ceremonial county borders Warwickshire to the north-west, Northamptonshire to the north-east, Buckinghamshire to the east, Berkshire to the south, Wiltshire to the south-west and Gloucestershire to the west.

The Watlington and Princes Risborough Railway was an independent English railway company that connected the Oxfordshire towns of Watlington and Chinnor to the main line railway network of the Great Western Railway (GWR) at Princes Risborough. It opened in 1872.

Watlington, Oxfordshire market town and civil parish in South Oxfordshire district, Oxfordshire, England

Watlington is a market town and civil parish about 7 miles (11 km) south of Thame in Oxfordshire, near the county's eastern edge and less than 2 miles (3 km) from its border with Buckinghamshire. The parish includes the hamlets of Christmas Common, Greenfield and Howe Hill, all of which are in the Chiltern Hills. The 2011 Census recorded the parish's population as 2,727.

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The line was always single track. The facilities at Watlington station included a stone-built passenger building, a goods shed, and locomotive and carriage sheds.

The line was projected to be extended to Wallingford, where it would complete a cross-country line between Cholsey and Princes Risborough. Due to financial difficulties the Watlington - Wallingford section was never built.

Cholsey railway station

Cholsey railway station serves the village of Cholsey in south Oxfordshire, England. It is 48 miles 37 chains (78.0 km) down the line from London Paddington and is situated between Goring & Streatley to the east and Didcot Parkway to the west.

Princes Risborough railway station railway station in England

Princes Risborough station is a railway station on the Chiltern Main Line that serves the town of Princes Risborough in Buckinghamshire, England. It is operated by Chiltern Railways.

British Railways closed the Watlington and Princes Risborough Railway to passengers in 1957 [1] and to goods in 1961. Remains of the buildings exist, heavily overgrown, on private land.

British Rail rail transport operator of Great Britain

British Railways (BR), which from 1965 traded as British Rail, was the state-owned company that operated most of the overground rail transport in Great Britain between 1948 and 1997. It was formed from the nationalisation of the "Big Four" British railway companies and lasted until the gradual privatisation of British Rail, in stages between 1994 and 1997. Originally a trading brand of the Railway Executive of the British Transport Commission, it became an independent statutory corporation in 1962 designated as the British Railways Board.

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References

  1. Oppitz, 2000, page 22

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