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« on: February 29, 2024, 06:34:35 »

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The Great Western Railway was built and opened in stages. It had opened as far as Reading on 30 March 1840; on 1 June 1840 it was opened to Steventon, with three intermediate stations, the northernmost of which was Wallingford Road; it was possibly named Moulsford originally, being renamed by December 1840.

On 2 July 1866, a branch line to Wallingford was opened by the Wallingford & Watlington Railway, and on the same day Wallingford Road station was renamed Moulsford.

In 1892, during quadrupling of the main line, the junction for Wallingford was resited down the line to the north-west, closer to the point of divergence, and a new station built there. Moulsford station closed on 29 February 1892, being replaced the same day by the new station which was known as Cholsey and Moulsford.



And in other stories, this is the day that the woman can propose to the man.

Yeah - had that happen to me.   The fact that Lisa and I were already married did not stop the loving gesture being made.  The fact that I was in Dublin giving a course to a room of 20 people, projecting my screen at the time and she did so electronically popping up a window the whole class could not fail to notice ... ah, fun times, gesture appreciated and nothing to do with trains.

Have a good extra day, folks!
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« Reply #1 on: February 29, 2024, 07:09:51 »

I remember when I was young the local Portsmouth press noting that HMS Victory had just appointed a 15 year old admiral to the command.

I have a friend whose birthday is 25th December and always felt hard done by as a youngster. Would he have felt better/worse if he had a birthday on 29th February?

It's a bit academic when they reinvent the calendar every 500 years or so.
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