The Cholsey & Wallingford  Railway

  The Bunk Line - Home of the Cholsey and Wallingford Railway Preservation Society 

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The Polar Express

27th November to 23rd December

The last few Polar Express tickets are available.

Car Parking for Polar Express

There is no parking at Wallingford Station or near by streets.  Local car park are pay and display and have ANPR cameras.

A park and ride car park is available at Benson Lane, Crowmarsh Gifford, Wallingford OX10 8ED.

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About the line

Enjoy a Heritage train ride on our rural branchline that was first opened in 1866. 

A round trip takes around 45 mins from the historic market town of Wallingford to Cholsey.

Our line runs through the beautiful countryside of South Oxfordshire and links the historic riverside town of Wallingford with GWR trains at Cholsey. Travel on our 1950s coaches, hauled by one of our Heritage diesels locomotives or by a visiting steam engine.

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. 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. Trains run on selected weekends and bank holidays throughout the year and, where available, are steam hauled. 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.

We are running trains again, but can you help us?

Adding gift aid means we can claim an extra 25% from the government.

The current COVID-19 pandemic brought  temporary closure to the Cholsey and Wallingford Railway we didn't run any trains in 2020 and only started running in late May 2021.  As with any charity or business, the railway faces fixed costs whether running or not, with fixed costs (such as rent & insurance) which costs several thousand pound per month.

Please help us by making either a one-off donation or if you can afford it, a regular monthly donation.
This will enable the Cholsey & Wallingford Railway to keep improving and continuing to be an important asset for the local area.