Robert Avery and the Wheatley Railway

  • c. 1930 Wheatley station. The milk churns await the London train.
  • The train driver receives the token before proceeding onto the single track
  • The safety of a single line track was ensured by the use of a token which was exchanged here between the driver and the signalman
  • Wheatley station c. 1925
  • Wheatley station c. 1930. The milk churns await the London train
  • The removal of the railway line in 1969
  • The removal of the railway line in 1969
  • The track is removed in July/August 1969
  • The signal box is removed in July/August 1969
  • Robert Avery's collection of memorabilia including the token used to ensure that there was only one train on the single track
  • 5025 Chirk Castle
  • 6106 at Wheatley Station
  • The track is removed in July/August 1969
  • Horspath tunnel was dug out of the blue clay and required a brick lining
  • Horspath tunnel now bricked up, but a haven for bats
  • The small station building on the platform on the south side with Ladder Hill houses in the background
  • Avery's sawmill building after the business had closed
  • The steps down to the platform on the north side
  • Avery's sawmill building in relation to the signal box
  • Avery's sawmill building after the business had closed, and with the signal box
  • The houses visible in the previous photo  taken from the entrance to Kelham Hall Drive, but correct angle not possible because of trees
  • Probably the same view in 2020 as in the old photo of the station building on the south side - taken from the car park to the Kimber Close flats
Archive Notes:

Extract from Princes Risborough-Thame- Oxford Railway by Richard Lingard, pub. Oxford Publishing Co, 1978. Also collection of photos of trains and Wheatley Station & RA's train spotting books from the 1950s

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