Tackley (TAC)

Tackley is on the Cherwell Valley Line in Oxfordshire between Heyford and Oxford.
GWR 165 127 departs heading for Oxford

Type: National Rail (Cherwell Valley Line)
Station code: TAC
Opened: 1931
Platforms: 2

The station was opened by the Great Western Railway in 1931 as Tackley Halt [1] ("Halt" was removed from the name in 1961). The station had a basic wooden shelter, this has now been replaced by a modern plastic shelter.

Until recently Tackley had no footbridge or subway, to get between platforms (and also cross the railway line) a foot crossing was provided with manually operated gates. As non-stopping trains can pass through the station at high speed, people crossing always needed to be pretty alert! Approaching trains sounded their horns but anyone crossing only had a few seconds before the train passed through. This crossing has now been closed, a fatality occurred on the crossing in 2008, and a temporary footbridge built pending a more permanent solution.

Most trains that stop at Tackley are GWR services between Banbury and Oxford though a few services also go straight through to Reading. Chiltern Railways service for between Banbury and Oxford also stops at the station once a day.
A Cross Country services passes through

Information display and shelter


GWR 165 127 again, this time Banbury bound

Platform shelter, unfortunately it seems popular with wasps!

[1] Vic Mitchell & Keith Smith, Didcot to Banbury (Middleton Press, 2003) Fig. 82