Trains passing through Culham

Sometimes we are lucky and a steam or diesel hauled special passes through the station. Not as many as we'd like of course as most stick to the main London to Bristol line, or diverge from Reading. Now that Chiltern Rail have made the connection at Bicester it has opened up a round trip route from London through Oxford and Oxford Parkway which the Hastings DEMU took advantage of for the first time on 27th May 2017 followed by the Flying Scotsman going the other way round twice in the June.

We did get rather excited in June 2017 as the Great Western Society's steam Railmotor and trailer was due to pass in transit from its home at Didcot to the Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway in readiness for special operations there during the June and July. All had been prepared with crew training, transit contracts signed and tickets sold out until the plug was pulled by Network Rail with days to go. Sadly gauging issues with the Down platform (platform 1) at Culham had been identified. Similar problems with the alternative route via Tilehurst put paid to the whole thing.

Saturday 6th April 2019 saw the first run of 'Clun Castle' by Vintage Trains down the line to Oxford - only we nearly didn't see it. The problem was that, arriving 2 minutes early at Foxhall Junction where the Oxford line branches off just outside Didcot, the train wasn't held for 30 minutes as planned, but sailed on through catching many people out, including us. We just managed to snatch a shot from the road as we saw it approaching Culham.

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GWR Castle class 7029 Clun Castle
GWR Castle class 7029 Clun Castle
18th May 2019
GWR Castle class 7029 Clun Castle
GWR Castle class 7029 Clun Castle
6th April 2019
LMS Stanier class 5MT 45212
LMS Stanier class 5MT 44871
12th December 2018
SR Merchant Navy Class 35028 Clan Line
SR Merchant Navy Class 35028 Clan Line
24th November 2018
LNER class A4 60009 Union of South Africa
LNER class A4 60009 Union of South Africa
25th August 2018
LNER class A4 60009 Union of South Africa
LNER class A4 60009 Union of South Africa
28th June 2018
Cross Country trains Voyager set
Cross Country trains Voyager set
June 2018
LNER class A4 60009 Union of South Africa
LNER class A4 60009 Union of South Africa
16th June 2018
LNER class A3 60103 Flying Scotsman
LNER class A3 60103 Flying Scotsman
31st May 2018
LMS Stanier class 5MT 45212
LMS Stanier class 5MT 45212
15th May 2018
BR standard class 7 70013 Oliver Cromwell
BR standard class 7 70013 Oliver Cromwell
10th February 2018
LMS class 7P Royal Scot
LMS class 7P 46100 Royal Scot
28th October 2017
LNER class A4 60009 Union of South Africa
LNER class A4 60009 Union of South Africa
26th August 2017
LMS Coronation class 46233 Duchess of Sutherland
LMS Coronation class 46233 Duchess of Sutherland
17th August 2017
LMS Coronation class 46233 Duchess of Sutherland
LMS Coronation class 46233 Duchess of Sutherland
17th June 2017
LNER class A3 60103 Flying Scotsman
LNER class A3 60103 Flying Scotsman
13th June 2017
Flying Scotsman with the Cathedrals Express
LNER class A3 60103 Flying Scotsman
9th June 2017
Flying Scotsman with the Cathedrals Express
LNER class A3 60103 Flying Scotsman
6th June 2017
Hastings DEMU
Hastings DEMU
27th May 2017
34046 Braunton running as 34052 Lord Dowding
Bulleid light pacific Braunton as 34052 Lord Dowding
22nd April 2017
5043 Earl of Mount Edgcumbe
GWR Castle class 5043 Earl of Mount Edgcumbe
8th October 2016
45699 Galatea
LMS Jubilee class 45699 Galatea
2nd July 2016
60163 Tornado
LNER class A1 60163 Tornado
25th June 2016
Double headed class 47 and 57
Class 47 and class 57 double headed
23rd April 2016
Double headed English Electric class 37s
English Electric class 37s double headed
Early 2016
61264 Mayflower
LNER class B1 61264 Mayflower
August 2015