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Written by Joe Patrick - 01 Apr 2004
last update by Paul Davis - 20 Mar 2005
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Location notes
On the Great Western Main Line about 50 miles west of London. On the south east side of a triangle with an avoiding line also to the east.
Railway type and traffic
First Great Western services originating from Paddington. Oxford trains will take the avoiding line to the east of the station (usually Voyagers on Cross Country workings) and local services to Oxford will go through the station before diverging off.
The fast lines have a speed limit of 125mph and see both stopping and through services.
There is also an DB Schenker locos stabling point (usually 60s and 66s) between the 2 curves leading to Oxford.

The Didcot Railway Centre is also close to the Station.
Link to Real Time Trains
RTT Link Didcot Parkway
This link should be close to the location, but may not be the actual location so please check the page. This link will take you to what is happening 'around now'. Dates and times can be changed at the top of the page.
On the edge of the town, the station is staffed during the day.
Road directions
At Milton leave the A34 and take the second exit A4130 (which is signposted to Didcot). Follow the A4130, heading left at the first roundabout, across the next four and right at the fifth onto Mersey Way. follow this road south and Station Road will be on your right after passing over the railway.

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Didcot Parkway map co-ordinates
The station has a carpark, of shich one section you can see from the platforms!
Public transport
First Greater Western Link and First Great Western and Thames Trains all operate services.
Stagecoach Oxford buses from Oxford, Abingdon and Wantage daily and Thames Travel from Wallingford during the week.

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There is a "Lemon Tree" on one of the platforms and a Spar by the main entrance.
The station has toilet facilities.

03-05 update - PD
There is now a large Sainsburys located near the location. There is a Café in the Sainsburys and it overlooks the eastern end of Didcot Parkway approach - all traffic using Didcot East Junction can be seen from the café (ie on the avoiding curve and through the station) . DB Schenker livery locos can be eyeballed although 'viewing aids' may be required for locos or units with smaller numbers.
Sun Compass
Sun Compass using Suncalc by brought to you by Vladimir Agafonkin:
It might be necessary to adjust the time to suit your visit, this link should open with the current day.
Didcot Parkway

Googly map
Streetmap links
Didcot Parkway general view map
Didcot Parkway close up map

Windows Local Live Link - image quality may vary
Didcot Parkway

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Photographic notes
The station is on a quite long section of straight track so there is ample opportunity to catch approaching trains. There are many positions throughout the day so getting the sun right should not be a problem.
Links to photographs at this location

UK Railpics - Didcot

General views - All photographs © Joe Patrick unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking east

Fig 1 - Looking east

Fig 2 - Looking east

Fig 2 - Looking east

Fig 3 - Looking west

Fig 3 - Looking west

Fig 4 - Looking west

Fig 4 - Looking west

Fig 5 - Looking east

Fig 5 - Looking east

The DB Schenker locomotive stabling point opposite the platforms.

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