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Henley-on-Thames Station, Oxfordshire, 1954

A view of Henley-on-Thames station in Oxfordshire in 1954, showing the dead end of the terminus. The station opened with three platforms and many sidings in June 1857 to provide enough trains for the royal regatta held every year in July. The station was reduced in size in the 1960s and 1970s, with the station building, goods yard and two platforms being removed

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1950s Oxfordshire Platform Railway Station 1954 Henley Henley On Thames Regatta


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This print takes us back to the charming Henley-on-Thames Station in Oxfordshire, frozen in time during the year 1954. The image beautifully captures the dead end of this historic terminus, which once boasted three platforms and numerous sidings. Originally opened in June 1857, this station played a vital role in accommodating the influx of trains during the renowned royal regatta held annually every July. Serving as a bustling hub for both locals and visitors alike, it witnessed countless journeys filled with excitement and anticipation. However, as time marched on, changes were inevitable. In an era marked by modernization efforts, Henley-on-Thames Station underwent significant downsizing throughout the 1960s and 1970s. Sadly, these transformations resulted in the removal of its iconic station building, goods yard, and two platforms. Despite these alterations over time, this photograph serves as a poignant reminder of Henley's rich railway history—a testament to an era when steam locomotives gracefully chugged along its tracks. It allows us to reflect upon how transportation has evolved while cherishing memories of yesteryears. Steeped in nostalgia and capturing a moment frozen forever within its frame, this print from STEAM Museum of GWR transports us back to an enchanting chapter in Henley-on-Thames' past—an enduring tribute to a bygone era that continues to captivate our imagination today.

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