Thame railway station

Thame railway station was a station on the Wycombe Railway serving the town of Thame in Oxfordshire. It was opened in 1862 as the terminus of an extension from High Wycombe via Princes Risborough The cost of construction of the station building was £2,201 1S 5d additional general works were £2,137 8S 8d. In 1864 the line was extended from Thame to Oxford. The station was built with a train shed over its platforms.

Thame station (1959).JPG
Station in 1959.
AreaSouth Oxfordshire
Grid referenceSP713052
Original companyWycombe Railway
Pre-groupingGreat Western Railway
Post-groupingGreat Western Railway
1862Station opened
1963passenger service withdrawn
1991station closed for freight
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain


As originally built Thame station only had a single platform with an engine shed on the south side on the location where later cattle pens were built, sometime between 1864 and 1893 the engine shed was demolished and a second platform built, the trainshed roof was extended on one side to provide a cover over the new platform.

As built Thame and the first station at High Wycombe were the same in design and dimensions only construction material differed: the train-shed walls at Thame were timber,[1] while Wycombe's were flint and brick.

The station was provided with a 28 lever signal box, with ETB using Tyer's key token machines in operation.[2]

Discontinuation of passenger serviceEdit

In January 1963 British Railways withdrew passenger services between Princes Risborough and Oxford,[3] closed all intermediate stations including Thame, and dismantled the track between Thame and Cowley. A BP depot remained at Thame and the line from Princes Risborough remained open for oil trains to serve it. In 1991 the oil depot was closed. In 1998 all track between Thame and Princes Risborough was lifted, with the exception of a short stub at the Princes Risborough end.[3][4]

Current statusEdit

Part of the line from Thame to Princes Risborough has been re-opened to pedal cyclists, pedestrians and horse riders under the title of The Phoenix Trail. After closure this part of the line was subsequently purchased by Sustrans and converted into the cycle/pedestrian route and forms part of the UK National Cycle Route 57. The road bridges that crossed the line at either end of Thame Station and its two platforms are still there, although the station building and trainshed roof have gone.

Thame is now served by Haddenham & Thame Parkway, 2 miles (3.2 km) north-east of the town, which opened in 1987 on the Chiltern Main Line.[5]

Preceding station   Disused railways   Following station
Line closed, station closed
  Western Region of British Railways
Wycombe Railway
  Towersey Halt
Line closed, station closed


  1. ^ Lingard, Richard (1977). Princes Risborough – Thame – Oxford railway. Oxford Publishing Co. p. 47. ISBN 0-902888-47-1.
  2. ^ Lingard 1977, p. 37
  3. ^ a b Maggs, Colin (2010). The Branch Lines of Buckinghamshire. Stroud: Amberley. ISBN 1-84868-342-1.
  4. ^ Lingard 1977, p. 127
  5. ^ "The Wycombe Railway". Broad Gauge Society. Archived from the original on 23 December 2009. Retrieved 7 January 2009.

Coordinates: 51°44′28″N 0°58′09″W / 51.7411°N 0.9693°W / 51.7411; -0.9693