The Cholsey & Wallingford  Railway

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

Ways to help support us through the COVID-19 pandemic

The current COVID-19 pandemic has brought a temporary closure to the Cholsey and Wallingford Railway at the start of the running season.  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.

Santa Trains - a special announcement

With regret, we have decided not to run our popular Santa Specials this year. Sadly with Covid numbers on the rise, we do not want to expose our volunteers to the hundreds of visitors we would expect to welcome ever day.


We hope to welcome you back in 2021, to keep up to date, then sign up for emails by clicking the link below.


Wallingford Station Revival

We need your help, the Victorian Maidenhead Canopy is due to be completed in 2020, but we need funds to improve the rest of the station.








CWR Membership

Despite the Covid-19 Shutdown, 2020 promises to be a great year of progress for the railway with plans including the completion of the Maidenhead Canopy .







About the line

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