Culham station in model form

Culham station and the Old Ticket Office in particular has featured both in railway modelling magazines and in model form over the years. Here we list those magazine articles we know about, and feature some miniature incarnations.

Culham in the Model Press

Railway Modeller

May 1974, Article On the broad gauge, early GWR architecture
Photos and plans of the Ticket Office at Culham

Railway Modeller

July 1974, further notes and photos from a reader on Culham station

Model Railway Journal

No 21 1988, Article Culham Goods Shed
Photos and drawings of the Goods Shed at Culham as modelled for Pendon Museum

Model Rail

Sept 2000, Article The Editor visits Culham Station
Photos and article of the station at Culham, then and now

Railway Modeller

April 2015, Article Timber Tracks Station Building
Photos and article showing the construction of a wooden kit for the Ticket Office at Culham

British Railway Modelling

February 2018, Covermount dvd
Visit to the Old Ticket Office and thence to Pendon museum by Phil Parker and Andy York

Models of Culham

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Pendon Parva - Pendon Museum

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All photos ©Pendon Museum,

Just a few miles down the road from the station at Culham is the famous Pendon Museum in Long Wittenham.The main exhibit (in terms of size) is that of the Vale of White Horse circa 1930. It is not a model of a real location, but rather it aims to portray and preserve the essence of the Vale with very accurate and detailed models of actual buildings set in a representative landscape. The imaginary village of Pendon Parva is served by the GWR main line and boasts an impressive village station and facilities.

Whilst the station layout is fictional, the Ticket Office and Waiting Shelter opposite are based upon those originally at Culham. The Goods shed too is exactly as would have been found at Culham, with one bit of artisic licence. In order for it to fit in with the fictional station layout it is in fact modelled as a mirror image of the original. In 1988 its constructon was the subject of an article in issue 21 of Model Railway Journal.

Other buildings in the group include, as in real life, the Railway Inn, adjacent cottages and the brick road bridge together with the original covered footbridge over the tracks.

Culham in about 1860

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All photos ©C.Taylor

It is pleasing to find a model of Culham in broad gauge days. This superb example by David and Sylvia White is built to 7mm scale and aims to show Culham as it was in about 1860, just before its conversion to standard gauge. The method of broad gauge track construction can be seen to advantage.
As seen here it is a work in progress and will eventually grow to include more of the station, but already features the Old Ticket Office and the road over bridge. Just to the left of the first image a carriage can be seen waiting, perhaps ready to return to Nuneham House having brought someone down to catch the London train.

Wooden kits - Timbertracks

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Produced in 4mm and 7mm scale by Timbertracks, these superb wooden kits of the Old Ticket Office and the original waiting shelter on platform 1 caught our attention. Construction and painting of the Ticket Office was the subject of a detailed article in the April 2015 edition of Railway Modeller.

Weatherby Magna

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This large 7mm layout of a ficticious West Country GWR station in 1920/30 uses Culham as the inspiration for the main station buildings. It is intended to include interior detail in the Old Ticket Office, and the wooden floorboards can already be seen through the open Waiting Room door. Just as in real life, the inset postbox is installed to the side of the doorway. The Waiting Shelter, whilst based on that originally at Culham, has been upgraded and now sits on a wide island platform.

Bespoke scratchbuilt model - Kirtley model buildings

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Amongst the many beautiful models produced by Kirtley Model Buildings is this 1/32nd scale, Gauge 1, model of the Old Ticket office photographed in 2009. A visit to their website is highly recommended as they produce not only bespoke buildings but also a range of papers, signs and books. Their model of Watlington station building is superb.

Culham in 'N' scale

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All images ©C.Taylor

Nobody seems to have made a model of Culham in N scale, so we thought we would have a go. Here is the result of our first try-out. It was intended only as a proof of concept and to identify how best to approach the various elements of the model. The test sheet is therefore only partially coloured. The bits were cut out and pieces of acid free card were glued onto the back. Having bevelled edges the whole thing folded round to form the basis of the building. Whilst this worked reasonably well it was a bit complicated to fold and glue accurately, so we are having a re-think. After completing the main body of the building we realised that we had actually made a mistake when laying out the walls, but that is the benefit of doing a test run.

4mm scale scratch built model

4mm scale scratch built model

Unknown modeller and photographer

Finally, here is a picture which we have been sent of a 4mm scale scratch built ticket office. The station has become an island terminus and also acquired a red telephone box.