Oxford (OXF)

Oxford station is a major station serving the university city with services from two London termini as well as the Cotswold and Cherwell Valley Lines.

Information
Type: National Rail
(Cotswold & Cherwell
Valley Lines plus others)
Station code: OXF
Opened: 1852
Platforms: 4
The first Oxford station was opened by the Great Western Railway in 1844. This was followed by a station opened by the Oxford & Rugby Railway (though owned by the GWR by the time it opened) in 1852 [1] on it's line from Oxford to Banbury which replaced the GWR original station. For a time the station was known as Oxford General to distinguish it from Oxford Rewley Road.

The station was rebuilt in 1890s with new wooden buildings which lasted until the early 1970s [2] when the buildings were replaced by standard CLASP structures [3]. A new main building and footbridge was built in 1990.

Oxford was a stop for GWR services out of London Paddington for many years but in 2016 it was also served by Chiltern Railways trains from London Marylebone. Oxford is also served by Cross Country.
A GWR service prepares to depart

Looking down the platforms

A Cross Country service prepares to depart

GWR 165 106 stands at Oxford

A GWR (in FGW livery) 166 under the footbridge

FGW 165 135 at Oxford


[1] Vic Mitchell & Keith Smith, Didcot to Banbury (Middleton Press, 2003) p. 3
[2] Ibid. Fig. 46
[3] Chris Heaps, BR Diary 1968-1977 (Ian Allan, 1988) p. 60