I have to admit I didn’t know much about the Clayton’s on arrival but soon found out that no D8568 on the Chinnor railway is unique. In fact out of 117 built, it’s the only one in existence. After withdrawal in 1971, D8568 went on to see industrial use at Hemelite, Hemel Hempstead and at Ribblesdale Cement, Clitheroe, and was then secured for preservation.
On our visit the line was running as far as Thame Junction. A mainline connection is currently underway at Princess Risborough at platform 4. The official opening is currently on for the afternoon on Wednesday 15th August. From Northampton you can do a short drive to Banbury, park the car here and then catch a train to Princess Risborough using Chiltern Railways.
There are no changes and the journey takes about 35 minutes and in the week the adult fare (without concessions) is about £18 return.