Berkshire’s Forgotten Railways

Historically, Berkshire had a more expansive railway network than it does today. Before the 1970s, the county had a strong railway service, with most places having easy access to a railway station. However, the situation changed significantly in the late 1960s and 1970s when extensive railway cutbacks resulted in the closure of many stations and lines.

This talk will delve deeper into the effects of these closures on the county and its inhabitants, as well as the underlying reasons for the discontinuation of lines and stations.

This is the first of three talks in the Transport Talks Series. The other talks take place on 14th November and 5th December. You may book tickets for individual events or for all three talks in the series for a reduced price.  

After the talk, tea/coffee and cake will be available (included in the price). Pre-booking is preferred, but you can pay on the door, if there are spaces available.  

Image: The remains of Boxford Station in 1963. Ben Brooksbank, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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Thu 10 Oct


14:00 - 15:30




The Centre for Heritage & Family History
The Centre for Heritage & Family History
2nd Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 3BQ


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  • Dr Richard Marks
    Dr Richard Marks

    Richard is a published historian based in Berkshire who specialises in industrial, military, and railway history and also the history of science. His current areas of research are industrial development in the Victorian period, the development of the railway and canal systems in Britain in the mid to late 19th Century and the history of British Rail. He has a PhD in economic history. Richard’s book about British Rail Engineering was published by Pen and Sword in early 2024 and a new book is due out later in 2024 about the Wantage Tramway Company.