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Marlow railway station

View west, towards the buffer stops
Place Marlow
Local authority Wycombe district
Grid reference
Station code MLW
Managed by Great Western Railway
Number of platforms 1
DfT category F1
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2002/03      0.280 million
2004/05 0.293 million
2005/06 0.302 million
2006/07 0.300 million
2007/08 0.293 million
2008/09 0.277 million
2009/10 0.255 million
2010/11 0.274 million
2011/12 0.277 million
2012/13 0.286 million
2013/14 0.272 million
Original company Great Marlow Railway
Pre-grouping Great Western Railway
Post-grouping Great Western Railway
28 June 1873 Opened as "Great Marlow"
14 February 1899 Renamed "Marlow"
10 July 1967 Station relocated
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Marlow from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
UK Railways portal

Marlow railway station serves the town of Marlow in Buckinghamshire, England. It is 2 miles 61 chains (4.45 km) west of Bourne End and is the terminus of the single-track Marlow Branch line from Maidenhead.


  • History 1
  • Services 2
  • Notes 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


A branch from the Wycombe Railway at Bourne End was built by the Great Marlow Railway; this was opened on 28 June 1873, and was worked by the Great Western Railway.[1] The terminus was originally named Great Marlow.[2] The branch was absorbed by the GWR on 6 August 1897.[1] On 14 February 1899, the station was renamed "Marlow".[3]

There was a proposal to extend the branch westwards to Henley-on-Thames, but the plan was met with local opposition.[1]

British Rail opened the present station on 10 July 1967[4] on the site of the goods yard of the original station. The original station was then closed,[4] demolished and its site redeveloped.

The line was originally a branch from the Wycombe Railway route between Maidenhead and High Wycombe. When this service was withdrawn north of Bourne End in 1970, Marlow station became the terminus of the Marlow Branch Line which leaves the main Great Western Main Line at Maidenhead.

The service on the branch line is known locally as the "Marlow Donkey", which is commemorated by a local pub of the same name, although the origin of the term is unclear.[5]


Services are provided by Great Western Railway; at peak times these shuttle between Marlow and Bourne End, but off-peak and at weekends they run through to Maidenhead, reversing at Bourne End.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Bourne End   Great Western Railway
Marlow Branch Line


  1. ^ a b c Awdry 1990, p. 28.
  2. ^ Butt 1995, p. 109.
  3. ^ Butt 1995, pp. 109, 155.
  4. ^ a b Butt 1995, p. 155.
  5. ^ "The Story of the Marlow Donkey". (from Summer 2003 Newsletter). The Marlow Society. 22 April 2003. Archived from the original on 2007-06-22. Retrieved 2009-08-22. 


A First Great Western two-car Class 165 diesel multiple unit on the Marlow Branch Line
  • Awdry, Christopher (1990). Encyclopaedia of British Railway Companies. London: Guild Publishing. CN 8983. 
  • Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd.  

External links

  • Train times and station information for Marlow railway station from National Rail

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