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Charlbury railway station is a railway station serving the town of Charlbury in Oxfordshire, England. This station and all trains serving it are operated by Great Western Railway. After almost 40 years as a single-platform station, the track through Charlbury station was redoubled with the recommissioning of a second platform on 6 June 2011 as part of the project to improve reliability and increase traffic capacity on the Cotswold Line.

History

Charlbury station on 9 January 2011, showing concrete sleepers newly laid for the restoration of double track and platform 2

The Oxford, Worcester and Wolverhampton Railway opened the station in 1853. It is notable for the original station building, a wooden chalet-type structure in the Italianate architectural style of Isambard Kingdom Brunel;[1][2] together with the early station nameboard this is a Grade II listed building restored in 1979. Until 1970 the station had a goods shed, a 30 cwt crane and a 34-lever signal box.[3] The signal box was demolished when the line through the station was singled on 29 November 1971.[3]

Sir Peter Parker (1924–2002), the former Chairman of the British Railways Board, was a regular user of the station.[citation needed]

With the completion of the first stage of the redoubling of the Cotswold Line from Ascott-under-Wychwood to a point east of Charlbury the second platform, decommissioned in 1971, was reinstated and returned to service on 6 June 2011.[4]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Ascott-under-Wychwood
(Shipton on Saturdays, Kingham on Sundays)
  Great Western Railway
Cotswold Line
  Finstock
(Hanborough on Saturdays and Sundays)

References

  1. ^ Biddle, Gordon; Nock, O.S. (1983). The Railway Heritage of Britain. London: Michael Joseph. ISBN 0-7181-2355-7. 
  2. ^ Leigh, Chris (1981). GWR Country Stations. Shepperton: Ian Allan. ISBN 0-7110-1108-7. 
  3. ^ a b Stretton, John (2006). British Railways Past and Present: Oxfordshire; A Second Selection (No. 55). Kettering: Past & Present Publishing Ltd. p. 33. ISBN 978-1-85895-203-1. 
  4. ^ "Charlbury redoubling complete". Modern Railways. Ian Allan. 68 (754): 18. July 2011. 

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Coordinates: 51°52′19″N 1°29′24″W / 51.872°N 1.490°W / 51.872; -1.490