Front cover of Radley History Club's book, 'Radley People & the Railway 1843-2013'

Radley People & the Railway 1843-2013

by Christine Wootton
Published October 2013
ISBN 9780956863218
155 pages
£10 plus £3.50 postage & packing for UK delivery (total £13.50)

The book tells the story of Radley and its railway, including the much-loved but now defunct branch line to Abingdon (The Bunk). The coming of the railway had a great effect on rural communities, and this history recounts not only its origins, but also the lives of people impacted from the beginning until the present day. The book contains a wealth of photographs, and much to satisfy the railway enthusiast, including some of the technical details of gauge and hardware. However, there is considerable human interest with stories and anecdotes of those who worked on the railway and those who used it.

Principally written and researched by Christine Wootton, the book also includes contributions by many members of Radley History Club and others – interviews, personal writing, photographs, reminiscences and more.

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Chapter 1: An overview
Chapter 2: The railway comes to Radley: diary of events
Chapter 3: Employees of the GWR and their families
Chapter 4: Users of the railway
Chapter 5: Railway reminiscences
Chapter 6: Accidents on the railway
Chapter 7: In the news
Chapter 8: The railway and Radley: reaching the buffers

Exhibition to launch the book