The very first timetable
The very first timetable, June 1844
Courtesy of the Great Western Trust

All along the line

Wednesday 12th June

  • GWR will be running a unique non-stop train from London to Oxford to commemorate the very first train between the two cities exactly 175 years previously. The train will leave Paddington at 11:27 carrying invited guests and return later in the day.

Saturday 15th June

  • 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.
  • Broadcaster and train enthusiast Tim Dunn will be travelling the line with Isambard Kingdom Brunel's great-great-great grandson Jim Noble, and broadcasting live along the way
  • The Flying Scotsman will leave Didcot at about 9:08am travelling towards Swindon, hauling the Cotswold Venturer bound for Worcester. The return journey will be via Oxford arriving at Didcot at about 6:30pm.
  • Vintage Trains will joining the celebrations by bringing their Oxford 175 Express railtour from Birmingham to Oxford hauled by their flagship locomotive, GWR number 7029 'Clun Castle'.
  • Vintage Trains will be operating a very special Oxford 175 Luncheon Circular from Oxford Parkway and Oxford hauled of course by 'Clun Castle'.

Combined ticket offer

You can now buy a special combined ticket in advance either online or from any GWR station, or at any GWR station on the day. This will allow unlimited travel by any GWR local service train along the Didcot to Oxford railway line, so you can hop on and hop off wherever you like. This ticket will also allow entry to the Didcot Railway Centre and unlimited travel on the special 175 bus service operated by Thames Travel which will run a circular route hourly from Didcot.

Photography Competition

In conjunction with the celebrations marking the coming of the railway to Oxford there is a photography competition which is open to all. Find more details under the 'OTHER EVENTS' menu tab.


A 'pop-up' exhibition of information banners illustrating the history of the line will be touring the area prior to the anniversary weekend. Find more details under the 'OTHER EVENTS' menu tab.

Further information

Contact us for more information, or to find out how you can get involved.

Read about the special combined ticket.

Check out the special bus timetable

Check out the train timetables

Learn more about the history of the Didcot to Oxford railway here.