Windsor to Ascot

This article was published in BRS Newsletter 183 January 1995

Windsor to Ascot

There were numerous proposals from 1875-1900 to build a line linking the GWR to Ascot Race course and Aldershot, as I mentioned in an earlier BRS newsletter. Many plans are held at Shire Hall, I have looked at Q/Rum/218 for the 1898 Parliamentary session. This ‘Windsor and Ascot Railway’ had a triangle junction – on viaducts – with the GWR just south of the Thames bridge. It then ran west, parallel to the Thames, to Oakley Green where it turned south, and climbing at 1:103 entered a 1203 yard tunnel under the Drift Road at Foliejon Park and then ran in deep cuttings and a 275 yard tunnel to Winkfield Plain; it crossed the A330 Winkfield – Ascot road just east of Winkfield village, and ran south, just east of Braziers Lane, to cross Forest Road just east of the crossroads. The line turned slightly east and passed Winkfield Manor to pass under Fernbank Road a little north of the junction with London Road. One line turned east and crossed the London Road on a skew bridge to run parallel with it in a cutting and terminate where Heatherwood Hospital now stands; this served the race-course. The other turned west, crossing the London Road at the Fernbank Road junction and bridging the LSWR Ascot-Bracknell line just east of the Swinley Road (A332) bridge. It curved sharply east to run into Ascot station where it joined the Frimley branch platforms, but there was also a sharp curve south to join the Frimley branch and give through running to Aldershot. This line did not get an act; there are several handwritten comments on the plans, doubtless from the County Surveyor, about bridges and crossings. It would have been an expensive line to build and would have had no local traffic.

Mick Hutson