Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway
|Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway|
|Pannier Tank at Chinnor Station. 5700 class Pannier tank 9682 waits while passengers board at Chinnor Station on the preserved Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway|
|Connections||Chiltern Main Line at Princes Risborough|
|Name||Watlington and Princes Risborough Railway Company|
|Original gauge||4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm)|
|Operated by||Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway|
|Length||3.5 miles (5.6 km)|
|Preserved gauge||4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm)|
|Opened||15 August 1872|
|Closed||1 July 1957 (passenger)
20 Dec 1989 (goods)
|August 1989||C&PRR formed to save and preserve the 4 miles of track|
|26 July 1994||Transport and Works Order active|
|20 August 1994||First public service|
|1996||C&PRR extends to Thame Junction (the line's current length)|
|20 August 2004||The C&PRR sees 10 years of operating services along the line|
|August 2009||The C&PRR marks 20 years since formation and 15 years of operation|
|Watlington and Princes Risborough Railway|
The Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway is a preserved heritage railway with its headquarters and only station at Chinnor in South Oxfordshire, England. It runs along the foot of the Chilterns escarpment.
The line was part of the former Great Western Railway branch line between Watlington and Princes Risborough. British Railways closed the line to passenger traffic in 1957. The section between Chinnor and Princes Risborough then carried a freight-only cement service until 1989.
The Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway Association was formed around August 1989. It began to operate passenger trains between Chinnor and the site of the former Wainhill Halt (about 1 km NE of Chinnor) in August 1994. In 1995 the route was extended by about 3 km to Horsenden Lane, and then to Thame Junction in 1996. The 4 km route has been unchanged since then.
The railway operates on standard gauge between Chinnor and Thame Junction, near Princes Risborough. As of 2013, there is no platform at Thame Junction, so each trip from Chinnor is a return journey of about 8 km.
Princes Risborough extension
An extension of about a mile (1.5 km) to Princes Risborough mainline railway station is proposed and the railway is in discussion with Network Rail, with a view to running into Princes Risborough station. This would allow passengers to connect from Chiltern Railways services on the Chiltern Main Line. Once the extension takes place, the line would then be 4 miles (6.4 km) in length. The line has been reconnected for special events allowing trains to run into Princes Risborough station in the past. The line was last reconnected for the first 3 weekends in October 2013 for the railways "Haversham & Friends" celebrations.
A purpose built Maintenance and Education center at Chinnor station is also planned, with construction expected to commence in 2014.
- BR 0-6-0 Class 08 No. D3018 'Haversham'. BR green. Operational.
- BR 0-6-0 Class 08 No. 08825. BR blue. Under repair.
- BR Bo-Bo Class 17 No. D8568. Operational.
- BR A1A-A1A Class 31 No. D5581. Under repair.
- Ruston & Hornsby 0-6-0DH 459515 'IRIS'. Operational.
Diesel multiple units
- BR Class 121 'bubble car' No. W55023. Operational and mainly used on summer Saturdays.
- BR Class 121 'bubble car' No. W55024. Under repair.
Electric multiple units
- BR Class 411 '3CEP' No. 1198. 'Linda the Lymington Flyer' BR Blue. Built in 1961. In Operation (Hauled by 08825 and will be hauled by 31163 once repaired)
- "History". Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway. Retrieved 2014-01-27.
- Fagg, Roger (May 2012). "Princes Risborough Extension, Progress at May 2012:". Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway. Retrieved 2014-01-27.
- "Haversham and Friends". Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway. 2013-08-28. Retrieved 2014-01-27.
- Johnston, Howard (30 October – 12 November 2013). "Regional News". RAIL (734): 24.
- "Haversham and Friends, day 1.". Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway. 2013-08-23. Retrieved 2014-01-27.
- Oppitz, Leslie (2000). Lost Railways of the Chilterns. Lost Railways. Newbury: Countryside Books. p. 24. ISBN 978-1-85306-643-6.
- "Travel: Reopened rail line could relieve M40". The Independent. 1997-12-22. Retrieved 2014-01-27.
- "Restoration and Education Centre Appeal". 8 April 2013. Retrieved 8 January 2014.
- Street, Joan. "Midsomer Murders Locations - Chinnor, Buckinghamshire". Archived from the original on 2009-08-04. Retrieved 2008-05-14.
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