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Category: Railways

Walking stages 3 and 4 of the IDR

The ski jump at the end of the IDR in 1984. The Hook and Tackle is the on the left, painted white.

Having carved its way from Caversham Road to the foot of Southampton Street, in the 1970s Reading’s Inner Distribution Road (IDR) stopped abruptly at the ‘ski jump’ where the Oracle roundabout now is. During this hiatus, Reading consulted and debated about whether and how to continue.

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Planning application 171305 : Green Park railway station

Land west of
Longwater Avenue
Reading
RG2 6GP

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Green Park Railway Station Planning application 171262 : Land west of Longwater Avenue

Land west of
Longwater Avenue
Reading

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Planning application 171064 : Land west of Longwater Avenue

Land west of Longwater Avenue
Reading
RG2 6GP

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Twinned with Whitley Pump – Windsor and Eton Riverside Station

Pump opposite Windsor & Eton Station

Pump opposite Windsor & Eton Riverside railway station

This restored pump on Datchet Road opposite Windsor & Eton Riverside railway station was sent in to the Whitley Pump by Bella Sunny.

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Explore industrial archaeology on the Coley branch line

Coley branch line bridge

The Berkshire Industrial Archaeology Group (BIAG) are organising a walk along the Coley branch line on Saturday 15 October.

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Then and now. The Central Goods Yard

IDR north of Berkeley Avenue Bridge

The Central Goods Yard north of the Berkeley Road bridge, features in Reading Museum’s latest exhibition On Track.

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Planning application 160525 : The Three Guineas Reading Railway Station Public House Station Approach Reading RG1 1LY

The Three Guineas
Reading Railway Station Public House
Station Approach
Reading
RG1 1LY

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Will the Paddington Pole be visible from Katesgrove Hill?

A planning application has been submitted to build a 72-floor building towering over Paddington Station. The top of the tower development will be 281 metres higher than the Paddington Concourse, but not quite as tall as the Shard.

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The next service arriving at Reading is the 1916 from Taunton

Great Western Railway, service timetable January 1916

Sometime after January 1916, the month in which the Gallipoli campaign came to its pathetic end, somebody dropped a Great Western Railways (GWR) service timetable through the floorboards of a house in Milman Road. It was discovered nearly a century later, much chewed by molluscs and discoloured by time.

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An exciting 2016 beckons for Katesgrove Hill

Reading year of Culture 2016

2016 is Reading’s year of culture and events are being held all over the town. This coincides with the 25th reincarnation birthday of Katesgrove’s own Rising Sun Arts Centre. Meanwhile, Reading’s growing pains means that the stand-off between development and residents doesn’t look like it will end any time soon, and the struggle between social need and council budget cuts appears to be reaching a crisis.

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Reading’s Lost Railway

Coley branch line bridge over the Holy Brook

Reading has its very own crumbling monument to Edwardian civilisation lurking behind a BP garage on Rose Kiln Lane. The Coley branch line was built in 1908 and decommissioned in 1983. It ran a short distance from the Basingstoke railway line, just south of Reading West station, to the wharves along the Kennet at Fobney Street.

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