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C&PRR, Network Rail & Chiltern Railways sign legal agreements for the former Watlington line and land at Princes Risborough station

Steam hauled trains will be operating on the eight-mile round trip between Chinnor and Princes Risborough commencing on Mothering Sunday, 26 March. All passengers using Princes Risborough station will notice an ever-changing scene in 2017. Why is this?

Danny Woodward, Chairman of the Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway (C&PRR) is absolutely delighted to announce that after a lengthy negotiation, the legal agreements enabling major works to be carried out at Princes Risborough can commence. A restored platform and associated track will be provided to enable passengers to change trains there for Chinnor later this year, after a gap of 60 years.  
 
The C&PRR is 100% volunteer operated and Danny Woodward said:

"This is a major step forward for us. All this was anticipated 25 years ago, at the formation of the C&PRR which has been in discussion with British Rail, Railtrack and Network Rail in that time. Our sincere thanks go to those in Network Rail and Chiltern Railways who have supported us over the last couple of years in securing the lease, and the many other agreements and contracts necessary to get where we are.”
 
The main reason for the lengthy legal process is that there is no other similar suite of Agreements in the rail industry. Although the C&PRR has a lease on the land and track, Network Rail and Chiltern Railways can still use the facilities when required.

Network Rail gave permission to begin site clearance work over the Winter in recognition that the legal agreements would be concluded imminently. So far, teams of volunteers have moved an estimated 70 tons of rubble accumulated in the last 60 years since regular passenger trains to Chinnor and Watlington were withdrawn.

Oh dear what can the matter be, the Watlington Flyer demolished a lavatory….
 
The enabling works and rubble clearance revealed some seemingly newly repaired brickwork on the former Watlington platform by the former gents toilet. It appears that a train hit the buffers and then collided with the platform right outside the gents toilet. The collision demolished the toilet supports which brought about the collapse of the toilet! The C&PRR’s Mr Growcott would be delighted to find out exactly what happened.

The railway needs YOU

The C&PRR is now looking for new volunteers to help with the platform restoration and rebuilding, track laying, installing fences, in fact the list is endless. If you have any skills that can help or any practical inclination towards building, or DIY skills, please contact the C&PRR Volunteer Training Manager at volunteersupport@chinnorrailway.co.uk


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