Radley nameboard and Abingdon train
Courtesy of the Great Western Trust
Radley Station staff in the 1890s
Courtesy of Jean Deller
The Bowyer Arms
Photograph © Nicholas Lawrence
Saturday 15th June 11:30am - 3:30pm
Whilst not one of the original stations when the Didcot to Oxford line opened, Radley has a long association with the railway. The Bowyer Arms hosted the event at Radley. It is very close to the station approach road and the garden provided an elevated view of the station and railway line, safe for small children.
It is believed that the pub opened in the early 1850s, long before Radley had a proper station. It stood alone in the fields between old Radley village (now known as Lower Radley), and the church. For those who wished to bring their own picnic there was an ideal field nearby with an excellent view of the railway.
Directions could be obtained at the Radley History Club tent in the pub garden.
There was no admission charge for this event.
At Radley Station:
- A permanent board showing the history of Radley Station was unveiled at approximately 11:30am
At the Bowyer Arms there was:
- A wide choice of hot and cold food for all ages
- Coffee, tea and cake
- A display of railway pictures and artefacts
- A display of banners depicting the history of Radley station and the Didcot to Oxford railway
- Story tellers relating tales about Radley and the railway line
- Copies of the book Radley People and the Railway, 1843-2013 for sale
Travelling to and from Radley was easy:
- The 35 bus service between Oxford and Abingdon, which runs every 20 minutes, stops at the end of the short service road leading to the station car park and close to the Bowyer Arms
- Passengers with the special combined bus/rail ticket could use it for travel on the 35 service between Abingdon and Radley station
- Normal GWR train services operated throughout the day
- Station car park charges were suspended for the duration of the event
~~ 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 1:00pm, 5:33pm and 6:18pm, and the iconic locomotive 60103 Flying Scotsman (4472 in LNER days) passed at 6:27pm
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Members of the public are reminded that the line through Radley Station is very busy 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.
There is ramped access between the car park and the Oxford platform. However, the only means of crossing between here and the Didcot bound platform is via the footbridge. There is no other way to access or leave the Didcot platform.