Cholsey & Wallingford Railway

What to see on the journey

Re-enactors will be on each train throughout the day. You might see Churchill talking to people on the train, soldiers returning from Dunkirk, or even have a sing-along to boost morale. On your journey, look out for Cholsey Church, where Agatha Christie is buried, and perhaps spot the magnificent Red Kites, that are often seen flying across our line.  

About the line

Our rural branchline was first opened in 1866. The line runs for 2.5 miles through the beautiful countryside of South Oxfordshire and links the historic riverside town of Wallingford with mainline trains at Cholsey. Travel in our heritage coaches, hauled by a steam engine or one of our diesels locomotives. Round trips take around 45 minutes.

Known locally as “The Bunk”, passenger services ceased in 1959. Having secured the line in 1981, the CWR Preservation Society now aims to enhance the facilities that the railway offers and to improve our Wallingford site. Our line links the national railway network at Cholsey, with the historic market town of Wallingford, Oxfordshire. Wallingford and the River Thames are 10 minutes walk away where you will find Castle ruins, a Museum and a selection of shops, restaurants and pubs.