|Type:||National Rail (Great Western
Main Line and others)
The station was renamed Reading General in 1949 to distinguish it from Reading Southern however the name reverted back to Reading when the other station closed and was merged into Reading General in the early 1970s. Reading now hosts services that are diesel, AC and DC electric powered.
The station has had a number of redevelopments over the year, the latest being finished in 2014 which added five new platforms, new footbridges and access routes and some track layout modifications including flyovers to try and alleviate the bottleneck the station had become by the 2000s.
Over sixteen million people use Reading per annum on services operated by Great Western Railway, Cross Country and South Western Railway. Reading will also become the Western terminus of the Crossrail Elizabeth Line from 2019.
|GWR 166 218 prepares to head off for the West|
|Class 800, the new face of GWR express services|
|Two more Class 800s|
|SWR 450 083 represents third rail traction at Reading|
|A GWR service heads off|
|View of the rebuilt station|
 Vic Mitchell & Keith Smith, Reading to Guildford (Middleton Press, 1988) p. 2