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Start of the Season, Miniature Railways and more...

Sunday 27 March dawned sunny and warm and much to everyone’s delight the sound of steam train whistles rang out across the area around our Railway, and the platforms were full of excited passengers (and volunteers!).  We are back offering our full range of services on Sundays and also some other days, such as Thursdays in school holidays.  For the Easter weekend we will be running a 4-day weekend service, with a special event on Saturday 16 April in that we are offering rides in a historic Auto-trailer – No. 167 – which was built in 1929 and will be hauled by GWR Locomotive 6412.  

The promised Push and Pull railway constructed for 3-7 year old children, is up and running at Chinnor Station, do come and take a look.  It is a hands-on pull and push activity, using Thomas the Tank Engine models. The layout offers the children an estimated 48’ of track to explore, manipulating trains along tracks at varying heights around a variety of scenic locations.  We hope families will explore this lovely little railway and show their delight by making a donation to support the new ‘Independence Line’ fund, set up because the Railway will soon start relaying the track that runs parallel to the Network Rail line that we currently use to access Princes Risborough station.  This work will need tens of thousands of pounds, so we have started fundraising – watch this space!

Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway are looking for volunteers to help start a new Miniature Railway group which will run either 5 or 7 ¼ inch gauge locos with passenger riding cars to train newer members in the various skills we need, also providing further enjoyment to our passengers when they visit Chinnor.

At this moment the Miniature Railway is in early, green shoots, stage; live steam locos (both gauges) are sourced, also battery locos and ground level riding and driving cars. Trial trackwork is being fabricated to operate during this year’s running season. Now all we need are more volunteers to help both running and, with training, driving on the railway.

If this sounds interesting to you then why not drop an email to us here - either Gavin or Jay can get back to you and can have a chat about the whole project, where and how you could get involved.

Please take a look at our various events and running days above to see the details of our planned services and also all our current Volunteer Vacancies.

Jane Tucker

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