The Abingdon Branch
- The Abingdon Branch
- During the Railway Mania of the mid-nineteenth century there were ambitious schemes to place the ancient market town of Abingdon firmly on one of the important main railway routes then proposed. The accompanying euphoria gave way to harsh reality when the town was bypassed by the Great Western's Oxford Branch and the inhabitants of Abingdon were finally obliged to accept the inevitable - a short branch from the main line between Radley and Culham - in a part of the country where a similar fate was inflicted on a number of other market towns
- Perhaps a Cinderella amongst such lines, nevertheless it had an individual workaday character which ensured that for 128 years branch trains busily traversed the willowy Thames floodplain, marred in later years by gravel extraction, to serve this riverside town. Passenger services were withdrawn in 1963, but the branch lingered on before eventually succumbing to final closure in 1984 with the termination of coal traffic which, together with the famous products of the MG Sports Car factory, had prolonged its life for a further 21 years.
- 1985, Hardback, 70 pages, 8¾" x 11"
- Wild Swan Publications
- ISBN-10 0906867290
- ISBN-13 9780906867297
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