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D8059 & D5581 INAUGURAL RUN

The C&PRR invite you to a limited admission fund-raising event to be held at Chinnor station on Monday 9 October.

This private event will include two full trips of the line to Princes Risborough on a special train departing Chinnor in the first instance at 11.00 and will feature the inaugural run of the just arrived Class 20 locomotive D8059 and the recently restored Class 31 No. D5581.

Following an agreement with the Somerset and Dorset Locomotive Co to base D8059 at Chinnor in 2018, it will be performing the inaugural run in top and tail mode with the home based and newly restored Class 31 No. D5581 (last used in passenger service in 2007). All profits from ticket sales will be equally split between the Railway Benevolent Fund (RBF) and to complete the external restoration of D5581.



The visit will include an opportunity to view the ongoing works at Princes Risborough from the train windows. A briefing will be given by the Chairman and several of the Trustees will be present to answer any of your questions on this major project, which is part funded by the DfT and partnered by Network Rail and Chiltern Railways. Ticket holders will be invited to take a private tour of the Yard at Chinnor, including to view W55024 as restoration continues.




Only 50 seats are available at £50 each to members of the public for two round trips of the line and both locomotives will haul the train to and from Princes Risborough to test out the 1 in 68 gradients. These seats will be in the carriage behind the leading locomotive in both directions and tickets can be purchased online only via this website. A service of tea, coffee, Chinnor Ales and snacks, will be available on the train.
 
Danny Woodward, Chairman of the C&PRR said:
"We are delighted that D8059 will be available to work on our line in 2018 and this medium size locomotive will be a welcome addition to our vintage diesel roster. In addition, restoring D5581 and returning it to traffic will add further resilience to next year’s timetable, which will be important once the cross-platform interchange at Princes Risborough is available in 2018”.

David Coombes from the Somerset and Dorset Locomotive Co Ltd. said:
"The Somerset and Dorset Locomotive Co Ltd are pleased to be joining the CPR and look forward to a long association with the railway and being part of their exciting future”.

Jason Tetley, CEO of the RBF said:
"We are delighted that you are all part of this fantastic day raising awareness and funds for our charity. The Railway Benefit Fund is the only charity that solely supports railway people and their families. Nobody can predict the future, and offering that peace of mind within the industry is the RBF. We are able to improve the quality of life of current and former railway people in the UK through the provision of customised support. Assistance is provided in many forms, on a short or long-term basis and is specifically tailored to an individual’s situation. The RBF is not a membership based charity and is there to help all railway people when they face all manner of issues. So, by showing your support to us today you are directly supporting railway families who may need us tomorrow. From all of the team at RBF – thank you”.



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Mon 09 Oct 2017
Depart 11:00