The Cholsey & Wallingford  Railway

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

Polar Express

From 24th November


Join us at THE POLAR EXPRESS™ at Cholsey and Wallingford Railway for a marvelous, magical Christmas spectacle. Book your THE POLAR EXPRESS™ tickets today!

Polar Express Parking

All guests with a pre-booked parking ticket will find yours enclosed with your tickets or attached to your e-tickets.

Parking is at  Didcot Station – Foxhall Multi-Storey Car Park Basil Hill Rd, Didcot OX11 7NR

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Membership and more

2021 was a record breaking year for the railway, as we carried more passengers than every before - and 2022 is looking at beating that record.  Join now to help support the railway into the future as we develop Wallingford Station.

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, and well behave dogs are welcome on our all our services except for the "Polar Express" and Evening Dining Trains.

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, but can you help us?

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

As the COVID-19 pandemic brought  temporary closure to the Cholsey and Wallingford Railway, we didn't run any trains in 2020 and Christmas 2021 was limited.  Whilst 2022 has been the one of the most sucessful since we started in 1985, 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.