Trains and Station

Within this section you will find historical photographs taken of the old Ogbourne St George station and trains.

A picture of Ogbourne Station painted c.1930

A picture of Ogbourne Station painted c.1930.

We would really value information about any of the photos including dates, names, little stories, however trivial since it all adds to the interest. Use the comment form at the bottom of the page.

Train Station Demolition

These pictures from Tim Frost are of the Ogbourne St George Train Station in 1964. They show the train station just before demolition and also the removal. The engine and wagon in the final picture were clearly the last to travel this section of line!

Photographer: Tim Frost

Comments

  • Comment Author clive goodman
    Post Time Jun 21, 2009 at 8:39 am
  • Used to play on and around the line, we actualy live in the village when the last train ran through, nice photos, thank you.

  • Comment Author KeithM
    Post Time Apr 20, 2012 at 2:42 pm
  • I’ve heard from Dorien Davies that the very last passenger train on this line was a special from Swindon to Marlborough for the College. Scheduled passenger trains had already stopped, so people had already started work on dismantling the railtrack. But nobody had told them about the College Special, which got stuck in Marlborough when loosened rails gave way underneath it!

  • Comment Author Brian Mitchell
    Post Time May 28, 2012 at 10:40 am
  • These pictures bring back many happy memories of of my younger years. The train was always busy on Saturday afternoons when many villagers caught the early afternoon train to Swindon Old Town Station to support Swindon Football Club’s home games. The only other stops along the journey being Chiseldon Camp Halt and Chiseldon Village. I remember with pleasure a visit into the signal control box where all was explained by the kind Signalman Mr Henly who was Station Master for many years. Happy days!!

  • Comment Author Russell Fisher
    Post Time May 2, 2013 at 10:17 am
  • Great pictures, and I’d love to see a bigger version of the painting - my grandmother , Hester Fisher, worked pulling the levers in the signalbox during the war, but unfortunately the only memory of those days which survives is a single ‘GWR’ button form her uniform.

  • Comment Author Godfrey Collyer
    Post Time May 3, 2013 at 7:37 am
  • The entry for 29th July, 1881 in the School Log Book for Ogbourne St George held by the Wiltshire Record Office indicates that the school children were given the day off on on the occasion of the opening of the railway from Marlborough to Swindon.

  • Comment Author Keith Macdonald
    Post Time May 3, 2013 at 2:10 pm
  • That must have been a very exciting event at the time. I wish we had more photos of the station. I know the entrance was close to where the golf club entrance is now, and there was a couple of small sidings and a loading bay. I have chatted with people who haved lived in teh village for 70+ years, and they remember cows being herded down the High Street to the station yard, to be put on wagons to go to Swindon Market.

  • Comment Author Brian Mitchell
    Post Time May 11, 2013 at 2:06 pm
  • I remember as a young child in the Forties standing under the old Railway bridge adjacent to the Crown Inn ( now The Inn With The Well ),where the American Soldiers would throw us Chocolate, Chewing gum, and American Comics from the train as they were being shipped out. Ogbourne Camp was their transit camp before being flown overseas from Lynham. Most of the villagers had to take in several troops as lodgers in the War years and our house opposite the New Inn pub( now Parklands Hotel ) was one of them. I still to this day have a one Dollar Note given to me as good luck by one guy before he left.I think that gift has served me well over the years,but I often wonder if he was so lucky and survived the War.I pray to God he returned safely to his Family.

  • Comment Author Jean Hooper
    Post Time Apr 22, 2015 at 12:33 am
  • We lived in Ogbourne from about 1940 to 1947 when my father was the Station Master. I well remember visiting ther when the American soldiers were travelling, and also When my father Climbed into the Horse waggon and called the horse inside, after everyone else had tried to drive it in. I don’t remember the Signal man’s name but loved to watch hime change the signals. Sorry, but I have no photos of the station or the village. Fond memories of Mrs Howes, Jean Townley, Janet Rose , Avice Nicholls.

  • Comment Author Ian Dobson
    Post Time Feb 8, 2016 at 12:52 am
  • I would be very interested to know if it would be possible to obtain full resolution copies of these station photos. I walk along this route almost daily with the dogs and I would just love to have larger copies.

    Ian.

  • Comment Author KeithM
    Post Time Feb 8, 2016 at 4:38 pm
  • @Ian
    As the photos came from Tim Frost, why not give him a phone call and ask? Call me on 841473 if you need his phone number.

  • Comment Author Scotty
    Post Time Feb 8, 2016 at 9:51 pm
  • Yes - I only have the same ones shown on the site. You would need to talk to Tim

  • Comment Author Scotty
    Post Time Feb 8, 2016 at 10:01 pm
  • Ian - sent you the originals I had via email

  • Comment Author Paul King
    Post Time Jan 17, 2017 at 7:47 pm
  • My first memory of the line was just after we moved to Swindon in 1959 when I was 6, and on a drive to Marlborough just caught a glimpse of a train descending into the cutting at Chiseldon. I always took great interest in the line whenever we went to Marlborough hoping to see a train, and I had no idea it had closed in 1961. I’m sure somebody must have been playing in the signal box as the main bracket signal was sometimes ‘off’ after closure. In 1964 we went to Bournemouth on holiday and when we went the line was there and when we came back it had gone..much to my dismay as I didn’t know why. Very sad days watching Swindon Town station fall into decay and neglect..and of course Ogbourne station demolished. That journey to Marlboroughwas never the same after that.

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