We are looking forward to the return of GWR Steam Locomotive No. 6412 from our friends at the South Devon Railway and we aim to return to steam haulage from mid-May onwards. The 87-year-old locomotive has been a regular and strong performer on our line and is much loved by our Visitors and Volunteers - we are delighted that No. 6412 will be providing steam power for the remainder of the 2021 season!
Mid-May and June could be a good time to visit - from the comfort of your reserved seats see the panorama of the Chiltern foothills unfold and the hedgerows and fields bloom into early summer - you might spot some of our local wildlife too and it is rather rare not to see Red Kites whirling overhead! For more information on what you can see through the window please take a look at our Journey Guide from Chinnor to Princes Risborough.
Either before or after your train ride and when the weather is good - you could try a healthy but gentle Chinnor Circular Walk, or if you have small children it is just a short stroll from the station to the nearby Chinnor Children's Play Area. If you are looking for something more in the local area please see our What to see and do section (although please be aware that at this step in the 'Road to Recovery' not everything is yet open or available!).
Your reserved seats on the Steam hauled train can be either in your own private Compartment or at a socially distanced reserved table in Open-plan saloons. Our range of concessionary fares for children, seniors, local residents, Blue Lamp card holders etc., will continue to be available in Open-plan seating areas.
Our Covid-safe measures and precautions will continue and these include asking everyone to book in advance - plus careful social distancing, an enhanced cleaning and sanitising regime, together with hand sanitisation points at the stations. These same measures proved successful and popular during the periods when the Railway was able to operate last year and once again We're Good to Go.
We will publish more details of our 2021 programme (from July onwards) in due course and which is dependent on confirmation of the dates on the Road to Recovery. We will release more operating days and timetables, together with details of our amazing special events on a rolling basis throughout the year - so please check back regularly or do follow us on our official Twitter or Facebook pages. Or why not sign up to our Newsletter, to be one of the first to know?
We’re really looking forward to welcoming you back to the Railway soon!
COMPARTMENTS: for your comfort and peace of mind - you can purchase your own Compartment which is for your exclusive use for up to SIX persons. A compartment has six seats and is your own self-contained space - which means that once onboard you can close the internal door and then remove your masks.
OPEN-PLAN SEATS: these carriages offer seating around a table for between one and up to four people - unless exempt masks must be worn throughout the journey. To ensure you feel socially distanced safe, we have blocked the seats adjacent and behind out of use, as shown by the red dots in the image below:
Open-plan seat prices:
* No seat reservation for under 5 yrs
We are delighted to offer a range of even further Adult Half-price Fare Reductions to certain Concessionary Card Holders for travel in Open-plan seats and these include:
We will operate TWO different timetables until the end of June and they are:
Steam Timetable A on 23 May, 31 May, 13 Jun, 27 Jun - for Dining Experience seats and also with Compartment seating
Steam Timetable B on 30 May, 03 Jun, 06 June, 20 Jun - for Open-plan and Compartment seating
Steam Timetable A:
|23 May, 31 May, 13 Jun, 27 Jun||
Open-plan & Compartments
|Princes Risborough arr||10.59||13.04||15.31|
|Princes Risborough dep||11.15||13.25||15.50|
Steam Timetable B:
|30 May, 03 Jun, 06 June, 20 Jun||Open-plan & Compartments||Open-plan & Compartments||Open-plan & Compartments||Open-plan & Compartments|
|Princes Risborough arr||11.14||12.51||14.54||16.36|
|Princes Risborough dep||11.30||13.05||15.10||16.50|
Due to the ongoing restrictions we will have a 'POP-UP' REFRESHMENT STALL on Chinnor station - food and drink can be consumed at the station or taken away from Chinnor when you leave after your trip. Unfortunately, the law does not allow food or drink to be consumed on the train except in your own self-contained Compartment (see above). We ask for your co-operation in these still exceptional times and to please help us to help keep everyone safe and well - thank you.
We will be serving Teas, Coffees, Cakes, Crisps, Shortbread, Coke & Diet Coke, Apple & Orange Juice Cartons, Bottled Water and Bottled Beers. In addition we will have a selection of Sandwiches and Bacon, Sausage, Veggie Baps etc., all freshly made on request. Payment by the 'new normal' of Contactless Card is greatly appreciated.
FOR YOUR ADDED SAFETY AND ENJOYMENT PLEASE SEE HOW WE FOLLOW GOVERNMENT AND INDUSTRY COVID-19 GUIDELINES. WE HAVE PROCESSES IN PLACE TO MAINTAIN CLEANLINESS AND AID SOCIAL DISTANCING - WE'RE GOOD TO GO
Return journeys starting from Chinnor can be booked online (see below). If you would like to book a journey on Timetable B starting at Princes Risborough or for travel in only one direction, please contact us on 07979 055366 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org. Seats can only be guaranteed for any journey if booked in advance.
You will be able to transfer your tickets to an equivalent service on another date (where available) or transfer the value of your booking to a Gift Certificate to use at a future date if either a) Government restrictions mean we cannot operate the service/event, or that you are not permitted to travel to the Railway or b) You or a member of your party test positive for Covid-19 or are required to self-isolate and you notify us on 07979 055366 at least 2 hours prior to departure of your booked train service. If you have symptoms of Covid-19 or have been in contact with someone who has you MUST NOT attend the Railway.
All of our other usual booking terms remain unchanged.
We welcome one Wheelchair User and a Carer / Companion on all Timetable B trains.
We also welcome well-behaved pet dogs, who can travel for free - but not on seats or in restaurant areas - please bring a blanket or similar for them to sit on - thank you.
All ages must buy a ticket to receive an allocated seat. However, up to TWO additional under 5-yrs may travel free of charge as part of your family group / bubble, however they will NOT be allocated any individual seat.
Buggies and Strollers cannot be accommodated on the train. They can be left on the platform at our stations, or you may prefer to leave them in your car for added security.
Please note that Government Covid-Secure regulations require the wearing of a face covering when using public transport - including on the station platform, when boarding the train, and when travelling in Open-plan seats. Various exemptions include children under the age of 11 - but if in doubt please refer to the regulations. All bookings must be for one household/bubble.