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Shrivenham Station circa 1922 as viewed from the bridge that was erected at that time. The Victoria public house is seen on the right
Sidney working in Ashbury Crossing Signal Box in 1930s. Photograph courtesy Julia Jones.
Shrivenham Station circa 1900
Shrivenham Station circa 1865
Shrivenham Station circa 1960s
The troublesome Tetronics in 1989
More of the info on the troublesome company Tetronics
A brief history of Shrivenham Station

Shrivenham Station & Ashbury Crossing Signal Box

Sidney Thomas Phillips, who lived at Sandy Lane in Shrivenham, was a signal man at Ashbury Crossing from 1930's to when he retired in 1964. He is the donor's (Julia Jones) grandfather and father of Sheila Turner formerly Phillips and Dorothy Miles formerly Phillips. Eve Weston (Julia's auntie)  was his daughter in law. 

During the Second World War, Sidney worked 12 hours a day and he oversaw the ambulance trains that came into the sidings. (See N931 for details on the Ambulance Trains).

In 1936 during the train crash at Bourton Bridge, Sidney was not on duty but he was called out from home and put into the signal box to relieve the signalman on duty who had not noticed the lack of a tail lamp on the up goods train. (See N576 for details of the crash).

An article from "Outlook" magazine November 2006 giving a history of Shrivenham Station. Also a copy of a print of the station circa 1865 showing a fine looking locomotive standing by the platform.

Also an Extract from "Down the Line to Bristol" by Muriele V Searle, Photographs of Stations between, South Marston Shrivenham and Didcot and maps of Shrivenham Station. Historical Survey of selected Great Western Stations by R H Clark and Didcot to Swindon by Vic Mitchell and Keith Smith and Oxfordshire Railways in Old photographs collected by Laurence Waters.
There was also controversey when a company called Tetronics occupied a site close to the station and were accused of the poor storage of dangerous chemicals.
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