What is it about South Oxfordshire that attracts Britain’s top sleuths?

Inspectors Barnaby and Morse have both applied their forensic minds to solving ugly cases in this beautiful corner of the world.

So perhaps it is appropriate that the makers of the new Sherlock Holmes film should choose Didcot Railway Centre as a location.The choice of Didcot was ‘elementary’ considering that the Centre has been used by over 100 film crews during the last 25 years.

It is ideal for period settings as the station houses an impressive collection of Great Western Railway steam locomotives, coaches, wagons and buildings.

If you watch films such as Beyond Narnia, The Camomile Lawn and The Elephant Man you will catch a glimpse of platform shots of this charming attraction.

Didcot often doubles as Paddington Station in the celluloid world. And now it’s the turn of Sherlock Holmes to alight at the platform. The Railway Centre’s website makes little mention of its new star visitor. It merely notes that the Centre will be closed on the weekends commencing November 6th and November 13th.

So there is still time to dash over to Didcot to try and spy Guy Ritchie in the director’s chair as the Sherlock Holmes sequel brings a touch of Victorian Britain to the area.

Didcot rail traveller Sarah Danielle is clearly hoping to see the film’s lead actor. She told the Oxford Mail: “I love Robert Downey Jnr. This is exciting news for Didcot.”

Take a look into Didcot Railway Centre