Original nameboard from Culham Station
Photographed at the Great Western Railway Centre, Didcot
Culham Station in 1904
Postcard published by Leach's Printers of Abingdon
Special train for Nuneham, June 1911
Oxford Journal Illustrated
Platform 1 and footbridge in 1958
Courtesy of Pendon Museum
Culham Station in the mid 1970s
Courtesy of Stanley C.Jenkins
Drysllwyn Castle steaming through in 1981
Photograph © Chris Jennings
National Heritage open day in 2014
Photograph © Colin Taylor
The Railway Inn garden and seating area
Courtesy of The Railway Inn
A full report on the weekend of celebrations at Culham has been produced for the Culham Ticket Office website, and you can go straight there by tapping or clicking HERE
The Old Ticket Office at Culham hosted two celebration events with the Railway Inn joining in both days, and our neighbour opposite in Station House on the Saturday. The whole area both sides of the railway was constantly very busy, and many people commented on the mini village atmosphere it created.
- The special 175 bus service stopped on the old Abingdon Road by the steps leading down to the Railway Inn, and also a little further along at the end of the service road giving level access to the Old Ticket Office
- Normal GWR train services operated throughout the day (Saturday only - no trains stop on Sundays)
- There was free parking outside the Old Ticket Office, alongside Platforms 1 and 2, and by the Railway Inn
Saturday 15th June 9:00am - 4:00pm, and Sunday 16th June 10:00am - 2:00pm
In the event, the Old Ticket Office opened its doors to the public at 8:15 am on Saturday as there were many early birds who sought the opportunity of seeing inside this fine old building before going on to one of the other venues. The day was so popular, that the last visitors did not leave until 7:10pm! On Sunday the doors were actually open from 9:30am until 3:15pm.
Visitors could explore the original Brunel broad gauge era building and its surroundings where there are a few surprises waiting to be discovered. They could see the old ticket office window, original tickets dating back to the 1890s, Edmondson date punches, and even take home a special souvenir ticket after punching it like an old time Ticket Inspector.
Using the Discovery Trail booklet visitors searched out some remnants of broad gauge rail, saw graffiti from 140 years ago and tried to find the mark where a fatal shot ricocheted from the ticket counter top in 1868. The challenge was to find all the items of interest and answer all the questions about them in the booklet.
On both days, visitors to the Old Ticket Office could see:
- GWR memorabilia including original books, staff magazines, tickets, jigsaws and uniforms
- Model railway items in four scales from '0' down to 'Z' including wagons from local coal merchants
- An illustrated history of Culham station, featuring original plans from 1843
- Items from 1935 celebrating the centenary of the GWR
- A video display of steam excursions that have passed through Culham
- Historic links with Nuneham House and how the station was visited by the King in 1909
There were lots of free souvenirs to collect and take home:
- Souvenir vintage style ticket
- Coloured information leaflet
- Postcards of the Old Ticket Office and potted history of the station
- Colouring sheets
- Discovery Trail booklet for children and grown ups too
- Building sheets to download to make models of the Old Ticket Office on Platform 2 and the original Waiting Rooms on Platform 1
- Sample packs of acid free card, ideal for model making
There were books and memorabilia for sale:
- Original GWR wooden jigsaws from the 1930s
- Genuine GWR books and publications
- Modern books of railway and GWR interest
At the Railway Inn:
Refreshments and toilet facilities were available on both days at The Railway Inn which is adjacent to Platform 1
On the Saturday, Ploughman's Lunches were available from 12:00noon right through until 4:00pm, with tea, coffee and light bites available all day from 9:00am. Sunday Roasts were served from 12:00noon with light refreshments also being available.
A full sized traction engine steamed over and stayed for a couple of hours on the Saturday, joining a beautifully restored breakdown recovery vehicle, a kit car and a rather special motor tricycle.
At Station House:
Our neighbours were busy saving the Green Belt with a stall set up outside their house selling potted plants, green teas, delicious cakes with green icing and lovely home made scones with very tasty rhubard and orange compote. You can read more about their campaign HERE.
~~ Not one, but four steam trains passed by on their way between Oxford and Didcot ~~Newly returned to mainline service, GWR number 7029 Clun Castle passed by at 1:02pm, 5:36pm and 6:14pm, and the iconic locomotive 60103 Flying Scotsman (4472 in LNER days) passed at 6:29pm
Find out more about the Old Ticket Office and Culham Station
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Members of the public are not allowed onto the old Platform 2 upon which stands the Old Ticket Office. The station itself is operational with fast trains passing throughout the day, so sensible care must be taken at all times to ensure one's own safety and that of others.
All visitors to the Old Ticket Office do so at their own risk, no responsibility will be accepted by Entikera Ltd. for any loss or injury howsoever caused.
No public facilities of any type exist either in the Old Ticket Office or at the station itself.
Access into the building and Waiting Room is through a wide doorway and up one small step. The door between here and the inner office is however very narrow and not suitable for wheelchairs. It is possible to cross between platforms step free by means of the old road bridge. Caution should be exercised by anyone doing so as there are no footpaths and it is still open to traffic.
The celebrations at Culham were kindly supported by Culham Science Centre, Dapol, Great Western Railway, Greening Lamborn Trust, Hornby Hobbies Ltd., Network Rail Corporate Archive, Oxforddiecast, Pendon Museum, Thames Travel, The Railway Inn, and Vintage Trains
Main sponsors of the Anniversary at Culham were:Entikera Limited - with registered office at the Old Ticket Office, trading as :
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