Next month will be a chance to ride trains along a rarely used bit of track, and raise money for a worthy charity at the same time.
The Quainton Branch of the Royal British Legion has secured a special Chiltern turbo for tours that’ll take visitors on a trip along the normally freight-only line between Aylesbury and Bicester Village, via Calvert and Claydon Junction.
Some of that length of track is proposed to be upgraded at some point to provide a passenger service, so this is a chance to ride it roughshod before the passenger polish is added in a few years time.
The event is also part of a wider 100th anniversary celebrations being held at the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, with lots going on throughout the day, with a Parade of Standards, Act of Remembrance, Royal British Legion Riders, RBL Brass Band, Community Choir, Cadet Parades plus all the usual fun of the railway.
Railtour tickets can be bought on the day from Buckinghamshire Railway Centre for £5/adult, £2.50/ child (under 5s free).
Normal entry fees to The Railway apply (£13/£8) – a percentage of which will be donated to the Royal British Legion.
Railtours take place on Sunday 10th June and start at Aylesbury at 10.10am. First departure from Quainton (for the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre) at 10.40am.
(Depending on your thirst for unusual rail trips, there’s also the shuttle service between Aylesbury and Princes Risborough to try out — and the Princes Risborough signal box to look at, oh, and a model railway shop in Princes Risborough)