Chiltern Railways: London Marylebone to Oxford by Train

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There are actually two options to travel between London – the first being on the Great Western Railway which I took into London, and another by Chiltern Railways on a different line altogether departing from London Marylebone. Having a London Terminals ticket allows me the flexibility to decide whichever station I would like to depart from, as long as the routing makes sense. As my dinner place was right by London Marylebone, I decided to head back to Oxford by Chiltern Railways instead.

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The departure board of London Marylebone. Looks like I’ve just missed an earlier train since the wait for the next Oxford-bound train was about half an hour away.

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The next train to Oxford would be at 10.43pm.

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Time for a walk around the station to past time.

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The facade of London Marylebone Railway Station.

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The station name on the facade of London Marylebone Railway Station.

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The emblem of the Great Central Main Line still stands mounted on the station gates.

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The exit towards Harewood Avenue has a heritage area about the history of London Marylebone station.

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The first train out of Marylebone, on 9 March 1899.

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The frontage of the station shot in the early 1900s.

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The names of the staff who died in the Great War (World War I).

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The classic look of Marylebone Underground Station entrance from the station hall.

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The classic ticket office look of Chiltern Railways.

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And out pops my platform number for my 22:43 Chiltern Railways service to Oxford.

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My Off-Peak Day Return ticket for the trip back from London Marylebone to Oxford.

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Heading to the ticket gates to enter the platforms.

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Heading down to Platform 4.

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Two types of Class 168 Clubmans at Platforms 2 and 3, the nearer platforms to the ticket gates.

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Platforms 4, 5 and 6 are the furthest away from the ticket gates towards the end of London Marylebone.

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My train service information at Platform 4.

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My 22:43 to Oxford is formed by a 2-car Class 165 Network Turbo. Hmm, is demand really that low?

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The Quiet Zone of the Chiltern Railways Class 165 Network Turbo seats passengers in a 2+2 configuration.

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The regular zone, however, seats passengers in a 2+3 configuration. Hmm, I wonder where I’ll end up.

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Taking a short toilet break before the train’s departure. The toilets are huge and are wheelchair-friendly.

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Doors are also easily locked with a switch rather than overly-simple lock buttons which makes it more intuitive.

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The interior of the small Quiet Zone.

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Definitely feels less comfortable than the earlier GWR Class 800 Intercity Express Train (IET) ride. This is more for a short-haul experience.

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Making a brief stop at Wembley Stadium. The train got pretty crowded nearing departure time from London Marylebone, but most cleared out by High Wycombe and Haddenham & Thame Parkway.

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Making a brief stop at Bicester Village with obviously no shoppers around.

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The empty Quiet Zone again heading towards Oxford.

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The almost empty train towards Oxford.

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Push the button to open doors.

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The train arrived at Platform 1 at a crawl, and now I can see why – the train entered by permissive working since there was a stabled train in front of it.

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My train from London Marylebone terminating here for the night.

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Far platforms at London Marylebone, far platforms here in Oxford too.

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The buffer stops of Platforms 1 and 2 of Oxford.

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Wonder if these will form a 4-car service tomorrow.

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A GWR Class 800 IET departing for London Paddington.

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Heading out of Oxford station.

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I’ve just noticed this, but there’s an owl sitting on top of the exit of Oxford Railway Station. Apparently it helps to scare away pigeons.

Overall, it was a simple and fuss-free ride from London Marylebone to Oxford with Chiltern Railways, but the rolling stock along with the scheduled stopping service made it slightly boring. Perhaps a daytime ride might change my impression of it.

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