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Operating Days 2014

Download our 2014 Leaflet.
From 25 May we're steaming with 'Northern Gas Board No.1'(picture below)
Sat 09 August 19.00- Join us for a Chicken and Chips evening special see news
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Train times

Please scroll down below for details of our operating days for 2014.

Whilst it is intended to operate as advertised, all services, events and fares may be altered due to prevailing circumstances, with or without notice. Please telephone our recorded information line if you wish to check before arranging your visit.

Trains depart at the following times, unless advertised otherwise:



Tickets may be purchased at either station. At Wallingford, there is a new museum and souvenir shop with second-hand books and a good range of souvenirs. Light refreshments are available at the Trackside Café with adjoining picnic area. The Museum is housed in this historic Cambrian &10;Railway coach

Parking is available at both stations, with free off-road parking at Wallingford.

Toilets are available at both stations but not on the trains.

Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a lead at all times. They should not be allowed on the seats in the trains.

Pushchairs and bicycles are welcomed onto the trains free of charge, but should be stowed in the guards van.

Weather permitting, our Bouncy Castle will be available on most operating days, free of charge to children under 10 years of age.

Wallingford Station provides facilities for disabled passengers including:
-Level access to assisted ticket office
-Ramp to station shop, platform and train
-If required, refreshments can be served on board the train.
-See fare chart for special concessions for disabled Visitors and Carers.

Cholsey Station is served by First Great Western trains. Please see the "Find Us" page for further details.


Our fares vary depending on the event and whether your train is steam or diesel hauled.
Higher fares may be charged for special events (including Santa Specials & Halloween):
Members travel at a discounted fare which will vary depending on the event.

-Disabled Child (under 16) and Carer: FREE
-Disabled Adult: Travel at Concession Rate and Carer Travels Free
-Holders of Heritage Railways Passes: FREE (does not apply at special events)
-Children under 12 years must be accompanied by a responsible adult

No need to book- just turn up on the day!.

2014 Operating Days

13 April 2014- Spring Sunday Trains


Diesel hauled trains. We previously advertised today as Mothering Sunday, which of course it is not! All mothers more than welome though!

19 20 21 April 2014- Easter Trains (Steam)

Ivor the Engine- Copyright 2007- Oliver Postgate and Peter Firmin;

Ivor is back. Well in truth, he's not been away, but has been tucked up in Wallingford over the Winter.
He will be steaming between Cholsey and Wallingford over the weekend. Come along to meet those favourite characters such as "Jone's the Steam".

The event will feature a full size Ivor the Engine locomotive, with his memorable signature whistles. Ivor appears by permission of Oliver Postgate and Peter Firmin.

04 05 May 2014- Second World War Weekend


Featuring a display of military vehicles and the 1st Berks. Home Guard Living History Group.

25 26 May 2014- Plant Sale & Trains

Stock up your garden for the summer at our TWO Day Plant Sale, featuring a wide selection of plants for you to choose from at discount prices.

Trains are also running!

31 May 2014- Transport Day


Look out for transport themed displays at Wallingford Station.

15 June 2014 - Father's Day


Fathers travel half price when accompanied by full fare paying children.

21 22 June 2014 - Senior Citizens' Weekend

OAPs travel free when accompanied by one full fare paying adult.

28 29 June 2014 - Ale on the Rail Weekend

Enjoy a pint aboard the train

Enjoy Cask and Bottled Real Ale from local Breweries, served on board the trains in the Brake (middle) Coach Bar .

No need to book- just turn up on the day!

Weds 2nd July 2014- 19.00hrs -Fish and Chip Supper Evening Train

Enjoy a pint aboard the train

Join us for an evening trip between Cholsey and Wallingford, pausing halfway to enjoy the view and a fish and chip supper. Beer, wine and soft drinks will be for sale from the brake coach bar. Sausage and chips or chicken pie and chips also available.
Diesel hauled train, inclusive fare £10 per person.
Booking is essential. If you'd like to come, please either leave us a telephone message or email us at or call 07799 381535. Make sure to specify your choice of meal.

19 20 July 2014 - Childrens' Fun Weekend

Previous visiting loco 0-6-0-ST Errol Lonsdale

Details to follow.

26 27 July 2014 - Guinness Weekend

Guinness train at Winterbrook

Enjoy a pint of the Black Stuff served on board the train (middle coach), hauled by one of our three Heritage Diesels from the Guinness Park Royal Brewery. Our other Heritage Diesels may be viewed as a static display. Guinness is a trademark of DIAGEO Great Britain.

02 03 August 2014 - Teddy Bear's Weekend

Previous visiting loco 0-6-0-ST Errol Lonsdale

Better than last year. Free travel for all children of 12 or under who bring a favourite teddy. The picture shows a previous visiting steam loco "Cumbria" in 2009.

24 25 August 2014 - A Weekend of Steam


In a change to our advertised timetable, we will have two engines in steam over the weekend. Northern Gas Board No.1 will be joined by our other Peckett giving opportunities for double-heading and steam shunting at Wallingford.

30 31 August 2014 - Singing Trains with the Wallingford BunkFest

All aboard the singing train!

Join the singing trains for Wallingford's Annual festival of music, dance and beer located at various locations around Wallingford including Wallingford Station. Real Ale will be served on board trains in the Brake (middle) Coach. Try our special bottled Ale.
We can only serve ale when the train is in motion.

There will be an extra round trip at 17.05 on Saturday

20 21 September 2014 - Agatha Christie Weekend


Join us for a weekend celebrating the famous author's links with Cholsey and Wallingford.

Agatha Christie lived in Wallingford for many years and she is buried in Cholsey churchyard.

04 05 October 2014 - Nursery Rhyme Weekend


Free travel for 1-10 year olds dressed as a nursery rhyme character.

25 26 October 2014- Spooky Halloween Trains


Dress up if you care, be there if you dare!

Watch out for ghosts, rattling bones and spiders of different sizes to meet all tastes. Look out for the spooky characters along both sides of the line to Cholsey and back. Beware of the Witch distributing Special Halloween Spooky Bags on the train to all children under 8 years.

No need to book- just turn up on the day!

29 30 November 2014- Forces Personnel Santa Trains- all welcome!

See Santa on the train

We've added two extra Santa days to this years programme and have a great deal for all serving and retired forces personnel- you can travel for half price! As well as armed forces, this special deal is open to current emergency services personnel.

As usual Santa will be travelling on the trains with presents for children.

06 07 13 14 20 21 December 2014- Santa Specials

See Santa on the train

The Cholsey and Wallingford Railway always celebrate Christmas in a traditional and family friendly way, so why not join us on our Special Santa Trains? Santa will ride with you on the train visiting children during the journey. Each child up to the age of 8 will receive a gift from Santa: adults will receive a mince pie at Wallingford Station.

No need to book- just turn up on the day!

© 2012 Cholsey & Wallingford Railway Preservation Society. CWR is a member of the Heritage Railways Association. Tickets are issued subject to the Railway's published terms and conditions. All services, events and fares may be altered due to prevailing circumstances, with or without notice.
*Guinness is a trademark of DIAGEO Great Britain. Ivor the Engine Logo and Graphics are © 2007 Oliver Postgate & Peter Firmin,