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Didcot Parkway

National Rail | station code DID

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Didcot Parkway is Didcot's only station despite having 'Parkway' in its name.

Didcot Railway Centre (access via station)

The Centre recreates the golden age of the Great Western Railway with steam locomotives, coaches and wagons, plus a country station and signalbox typical of the era. Recreation of Brunel's original broad gauge railway. Museum with many smaller items. Signalling Centre. Running days with train rides, see website for dates. Events programme. Refreshment Room. Modern trains can be seen running past on the surrounding lines. Tel. 01235 817200.
Open SSu (Daily Jun-Aug and school holidays) 1030-1600 (closes 1730 on running days in summer).

Pendon Museum 2¾ miles

Detailed scale model countryside with trains, recapturing the English countryside as it was in the 1920s and 1930s. There are three galleries: The Vale Scene, The Dartmoor Scene and an early scenic model railway, The Madder Valley Railway (operated only on selected days, see website). Café. Tel. 01865 407365.
Open Jan-Nov, SSu & BH (also WTh in Aug, W in other school holidays) 1100-1600, last admission 1515.
Pendon Museum is 1½ miles from Appleford station but Didcot Parkway station has more frequent train services. The walk from Didcot is along a good surfaced path all the way to Pendon Museum.

Appleford and Didcot map