Photos of passing visitors

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.

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LNER class A4 60009 Union of South Africa

LNER class A4 60009 Union of South Africa
28th 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 Statnier 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